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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About bluebird bio Inc (BLUE) Anymore

Hedge funds run by legendary names like Nelson Peltz and David Tepper make billions of dollars a year for themselves and their super-rich accredited investors (you’ve got to have a minimum of $1 million liquid to invest in a hedge fund) by spending enormous resources on analyzing and uncovering data about small-cap stocks that the big brokerage houses don’t follow. Small caps are where they can generate significant out-performance. That’s why we pay special attention to hedge fund activity in these stocks.

bluebird bio Inc (NASDAQ:BLUE) was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. BLUE has experienced a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. There were 41 hedge funds in our database with BLUE positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare BLUE to other stocks, including Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL), Veeva Systems Inc (NYSE:VEEV), and ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to analyze the recent action regarding bluebird bio Inc (NASDAQ:BLUE).

How have hedgies been trading bluebird bio Inc (NASDAQ:BLUE)?

At the Q3’s end, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -32% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Samuel Isaly’s OrbiMed Advisors has the largest position in bluebird bio Inc (NASDAQ:BLUE), worth close to $101.7 million, comprising 1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Viking Global, led by Andreas Halvorsen, holding an $52.7 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers that hold long positions consist of James E. Flynn’s Deerfield Management, Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management and Peter Kolchinsky’s RA Capital Management.

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