Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Insmed Incorporated (INSM): Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (THLD), Repligen Corporation (RGEN)

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Is Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ:INSM) a first-rate stock to buy now? The smart money is getting more bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets rose by 2 recently.

Peter Kolchinsky

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Consequently, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action surrounding Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ:INSM).

What does the smart money think about Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ:INSM)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 33% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Peter Kolchinsky’s RA Capital Management had the most valuable position in Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ:INSM), worth close to $16 million, comprising 5.7% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Ayer Capital Management, managed by Jay Venkatesen, which held a $10 million position; the fund has 5.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include Kevin Kotler’s Broadfin Capital, William Leland Edwards’s Palo Alto Investors and Julian Baker and Felix Baker’s Baker Bros. Advisors.

As one would reasonably expect, key money managers have jumped into Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ:INSM) headfirst. Broadfin Capital, managed by Kevin Kotler, established the largest position in Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ:INSM). Broadfin Capital had 2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Julian Baker and Felix Baker’s Baker Bros. Advisors also initiated a $2 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

How are insiders trading Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ:INSM)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time frame, Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ:INSM) has seen 1 unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ:INSM). These stocks are Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:THLD), Repligen Corporation (NASDAQ:RGEN), Coronado Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CNDO), Amyris Inc (NASDAQ:AMRS), and Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ANAC). All of these stocks are in the biotechnology industry and their market caps are closest to INSM’s market cap.

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