With the latest round of 13F filings gathering pace, hedge fund managers are busy preparing to deluge us with the contents of their portfolios, which powers our market-beating small-cap strategy. However, that hasn’t stopped some of them from making fresh moves on a handful of stocks in the meantime. These include a biotech stock, a car-parts manufacturer and a tech stock, as well as a provider of marine transportation services. Let’s take a look at the companies that have caught the attention of hedge funds and why.
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Clint Carlson seems to have changed his mind about Ultratech, Inc. (NASDAQ:UTEK) and has started buying the stock again. According to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Carlson Capital has acquired a total of 33,028 shares at prices varying between $14.94 and $14.99 apiece, boosting its stake in the company to 3.28 million shares or 11.9% of the company’s common stock.
So far this year, Ultratech, Inc. (NASDAQ:UTEK) has shed 15% of its value and is currently trading at $15.79 per share. For the three months ending July 4, 2015, the company posted revenues of $45.9 million and earnings of $0.06 per share, up from a loss of $0.23 per share a year earlier. Hedge funds didn’t appear to be anticipating much improvement as the number of funds invested in the company fell to 11 by the end of the second quarter, from 13 at the end of March. However, they own 22% of the company’s common stock and their holdings were valued at $113 million at the end of June, up by 19% over the quarter. Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson are also bullish on Ultratech, Inc. (NASDAQ:UTEK), having boosted their stake by 10% during the second quarter. In its latest 13F filing, Adage Capital Management reported ownership of 703,726 shares of Ultratech.
Joseph Edelman, the manager of Perceptive Advisors, just can’t get enough of Aldeyra Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ALDX). In his latest transaction, Edelman bought exactly 50,000 shares at an average price of $6.46, taking his stake to 1.19 million shares which account for 12.3% of the company’s outstanding stock.
Although it’s not a well-known company, Aldeyra Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ALDX) can be found in the equity portfolios of seven hedge funds in our database as of June 30, up from four funds at the end of the first quarter. During the second quarter the value of their combined holdings rose by 160% as well, to $17.7 million, which accounts for nearly a quarter of Aldeyra’s common stock. Shares are currently trading at $6.95 apiece, down by 9.1% year-to-date. Aldeyra Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ALDX) has not yet generated any revenues, as its first drug, NS2, is currently undergoing Phase IIa trials. Its next financial report is due November 9 and analysts are projecting a loss of $0.30 per share, down from $o.36 per share for the third quarter of 2014.
We’ll check out the latest hedge fund action on Scorpio Bulkers Inc (NYSE:SALT) and Dana Holding Corporation (NYSE:DAN) on the next page.