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BioScrip Inc. (NASDAQ:BIOS) has seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money of late. BIOS was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with BIOS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare BIOS to other stocks including Supreme Industries, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:STS), Renewable Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ:REGI), and Lumos Networks Corp (NASDAQ:LMOS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How are hedge funds trading BioScrip Inc. (NASDAQ:BIOS)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, down by 13% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 13 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in BIOS heading into this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Stephen DuBois’ Camber Capital Management has the most valuable position in BioScrip Inc. (NASDAQ:BIOS), worth close to $29.4 million, corresponding to 1.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by North Tide Capital, led by Conan Laughlin, which reported a $24.6 million position; the fund has 2.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions comprise Christopher Shackelton and Adam Gray’s Coliseum Capital, Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital and Philip Hempleman’s Ardsley Partners. We should note that none of these hedge funds are 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.