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Is Chimerix Inc (NASDAQ:CMRX) a good stock to buy now? Prominent investors are indeed becoming more confident. The number of bullish hedge fund investments swelled by 2 in recent months. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with CMRX positions at the end of the third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CMRX to other stocks including Capitol Acquisition Corp III (NASDAQ:CLACU), B. Riley Financial Inc (NASDAQ:RILY), and Handy and Harman Ltd (NASDAQ:HNH) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s go over the recent action regarding Chimerix Inc (NASDAQ:CMRX).
What does the smart money think about Chimerix Inc (NASDAQ:CMRX)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 15% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 14 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CMRX heading into this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jeremy Green of Redmile Group holds the number one position in Chimerix Inc (NASDAQ:CMRX). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $17.8 million position in the stock, comprising 1.4% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is James A. Silverman of Opaleye Management holding a $4.3 million position; 2.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions include Oleg Nodelman’s EcoR1 Capital, Thomas Steyer’s Farallon Capital and Dennis Purcell’s Aisling Capital. We should note that none of these hedge funds are 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.