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Hedge Funds Can’t Get Enough of Innoviva Inc (INVA)

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Innoviva Inc (NASDAQ:INVA) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Innoviva Inc (NASDAQ:INVA) was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. INVA investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest lately. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with INVA holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare INVA to other stocks including Kearny Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:KRNY), Ameris Bancorp (NASDAQ:ABCB), and Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Innoviva Inc (NASDAQ:INVA)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 5% rise from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards INVA over the last 5 quarters, which shows a huge spike in Q1. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Baupost Group, led by Seth Klarman, holds the number one position in Innoviva Inc (NASDAQ:INVA). Baupost Group has a $164.1 million position in the stock, comprising 2.3% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Iridian Asset Management, led by David Cohen and Harold Levy, holding a $115 million position; the fund has 1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass Jamie Zimmerman’s Litespeed Management, Michael A. Price and Amos Meron’s Empyrean Capital Partners, and Alex Denner’s Sarissa Capital Management. We should note that Sarissa Capital Management is 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.

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