Hedge Funds Are Buying Invacare Corporation (IVC)

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Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC) has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late.

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Now, let’s take a look at the latest action surrounding Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC).

What have hedge funds been doing with Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 7% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the largest position in Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC). Royce & Associates has a $14.4 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Ryan Schaper of Point Lobos Capital, with a $9.5 million position; the fund has 8.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds with similar optimism include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Gotham Asset Management, managed by Joel Greenblatt, assembled the biggest position in Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC). Gotham Asset Management had 0.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital also initiated a $0.6 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new IVC investors: Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital and David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments.

Insider trading activity in Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC)

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time period, Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC) has seen 8 unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC). These stocks are Cardiovascular Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CSII), Natus Medical Inc (NASDAQ:BABY), GenMark Diagnostics, Inc (NASDAQ:GNMK), Cynosure, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYNO), and Symmetry Medical Inc. (NYSE:SMA). This group of stocks are the members of the medical appliances & equipment industry and their market caps resemble IVC’s market cap.

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