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Novocure Ltd (NASDAQ:NVCR) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with NVCR positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare NVCR to other stocks including Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA), TerraForm Global Inc (NASDAQ:GLBL), and Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the fresh action surrounding Novocure Ltd (NASDAQ:NVCR).
How have hedgies been trading Novocure Ltd (NASDAQ:NVCR)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a jump of 33% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in NVCR over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Highline Capital Management, led by Jacob Doft, holds the largest position in Novocure Ltd (NASDAQ:NVCR). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $15.5 million position in the stock, comprising 0.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Stepstone Group, led by Jose Fernandez, which holds a $15.5 million position; 19.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions encompass Justin John Ferayorni’s Tamarack Capital Management, Richard C. Patton’s Courage Capital and Kris Jenner, Gordon Bussard, Graham McPhail’s Rock Springs Capital Management. We should note that Courage Capital is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.