Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Dyax Corp. (DYAX)

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Dyax Corp. (NASDAQ:DYAX) has seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the recent action encompassing Dyax Corp. (NASDAQ:DYAX).

What have hedge funds been doing with Dyax Corp. (NASDAQ:DYAX)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 18% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, RA Capital Management, managed by Peter Kolchinsky, holds the most valuable position in Dyax Corp. (NASDAQ:DYAX). RA Capital Management has a $37.2 million position in the stock, comprising 8% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $8.5 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers with similar optimism include SAC Subsidiary’s Sigma Capital Management, Joseph Edelman’s Perceptive Advisors and Nathan Fischel’s DAFNA Capital Management.

As industrywide interest jumped, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. Bailard Inc, managed by Thomas Bailard, established the most valuable position in Dyax Corp. (NASDAQ:DYAX). Bailard Inc had 0.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management also made a $0.6 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new DYAX position is Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

How have insiders been trading Dyax Corp. (NASDAQ:DYAX)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time frame, Dyax Corp. (NASDAQ:DYAX) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Dyax Corp. (NASDAQ:DYAX). These stocks are Cambrex Corporation (NYSE:CBM), Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SQNM), Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:IDIX), Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI), and QLT Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:QLTI). This group of stocks are the members of the biotechnology industry and their market caps are similar to DYAX’s market cap.

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