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Hedge Funds Are Selling CONMED Corporation (CNMD)

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CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ:CNMD) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment of late.


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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the key action surrounding CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ:CNMD).

What have hedge funds been doing with CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ:CNMD)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -21% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

Of the funds we track, Stephen DuBois’s Camber Capital Management had the most valuable position in CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ:CNMD), worth close to $34.1 million, accounting for 2.8% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $14.9 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that are bullish include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.

Judging by the fact that CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ:CNMD) has witnessed a declination in interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there exists a select few money managers who sold off their positions entirely at the end of the first quarter. Intriguingly, James E. Flynn’s Deerfield Management said goodbye to the largest position of all the hedgies we watch, totaling an estimated $16.6 million in stock., and Jacob Gottlieb of Visium Asset Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $1.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 3 funds at the end of the first quarter.

What have insiders been doing with CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ:CNMD)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time frame, CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ:CNMD) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 11 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ:CNMD). These stocks are Volcano Corporation (NASDAQ:VOLC), Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ:MASI), ArthroCare Corporation (NASDAQ:ARTC), NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA), and Wright Medical Group Inc (NASDAQ:WMGI). All of these stocks are in the medical appliances & equipment industry and their market caps are closest to CNMD’s market cap.

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