Hedge Funds Are Selling DENTSPLY International Inc. (XRAY)

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DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY)

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Now that that’s out of the way, we’re going to analyze the latest info surrounding DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY).

What does the smart money think about DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -9% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.

According to our 13F database, Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group had the largest position in DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY), worth close to $254.7 million, comprising 3.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Bryn Mawr Capital, managed by Ken Gray and Steve Walsh, which held a $9.6 million position; 0.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedgies that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

As DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY) has experienced dropping sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there is a sect of hedge funds who sold off their positions entirely last quarter. At the top of the heap, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management dumped the largest stake of the 450+ funds we key on, totaling an estimated $26.5 million in stock, and Neil Chriss of Hutchin Hill Capital was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $4 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds last quarter.

What have insiders been doing with DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time frame, DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll check out the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY). These stocks are Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX), C.R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE:BCR), Mindray Medical International Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:MR), CareFusion Corporation (NYSE:CFN), and The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO). All of these stocks are in the medical instruments & supplies industry and their market caps match XRAY’s market cap.