Hedge Funds Are Buying DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (DVA)

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DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE:DVA) was in 36 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. DVA investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest lately. There were 35 hedge funds in our database with DVA positions at the end of the previous quarter.

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE:DVA)

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Consequently, we’re going to take a glance at the key action surrounding DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE:DVA).

What does the smart money think about DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE:DVA)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 36 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 3% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.

According to our comprehensive database, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway had the most valuable position in DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE:DVA), worth close to $1.7758 billion, comprising 2.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Pennant Capital Management, managed by Alan Fournier, which held a $322.2 million position; 6.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Jeffrey Gates’s Gates Capital Management.

Now, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. Orbis Investment Management, managed by William B. Gray, assembled the largest position in DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE:DVA). Orbis Investment Management had 90.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management also made a $59.8 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Alok Agrawal’s Bloom Tree Partners, Eric Bannasch’s Cadian Capital, and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE:DVA)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE:DVA) has seen 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 11 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE:DVA). These stocks are Hanger Inc (NYSE:HGR), Acadia Healthcare Company Inc (NASDAQ:ACHC), HEALTHSOUTH Corp. (NYSE:HLS), Mednax Inc. (NYSE:MD), and Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. (ADR) (NYSE:FMS). This group of stocks are the members of the specialized health services industry and their market caps match DVA’s market cap.

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