Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Dynavax Technologies Corporation (DVAX)

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What’s a smart Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:DVAX) investor to do?

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Furthermore, it’s important to analyze the latest info for Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:DVAX).

What does the smart money think about Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:DVAX)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -20% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:DVAX)Out of the hedge funds we follow, Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey’s Healthcor Management LP had the biggest position in Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:DVAX), worth close to $19.4 million, accounting for 1.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Samuel Isaly of OrbiMed Advisors, with a $9.9 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include Peter Kolchinsky’s RA Capital Management, Charles Davidson’s Wexford Capital and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

Due to the fact Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:DVAX) has faced a fall in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few money managers that elected to cut their entire stakes last quarter. At the top of the heap, Andrew J. M. Spokes’s Farallon Capital dumped the biggest investment of the 450+ funds we track, totaling close to $2.2 million in stock. J. Alan Reid Jr.’s fund, Forward Management, also dropped its stock, about $0.9 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 3 funds last quarter.

How have insiders been trading Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:DVAX)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is best served when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time frame, Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:DVAX) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:DVAX). These stocks are Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OREX), Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:LCI), Simcere Pharmaceutical Group (ADR) (NYSE:SCR), Depomed Inc (NASDAQ:DEPO), and Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:SGYP). This group of stocks are the members of the drug manufacturers – other industry and their market caps match DVAX’s market cap.

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