Here is What Hedge Funds Think About NuVasive, Inc. (NUVA)

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Is NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) a good investment?

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NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA)

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What’s more, let’s analyze the latest info about NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA).

How are hedge funds trading NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 21 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 17% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.

When using filings from the hedgies we track, Healthcor Management LP, managed by Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey, holds the largest position in NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA). Healthcor Management LP has a $35.9 million position in the stock, comprising 2.2% of its 13F portfolio. On Healthcor Management LP’s heels is Jeremy Green of Redmile Group, with a $18.9 million position; the fund has 3.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

As industrywide interest increased, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Deerfield Management, managed by James E. Flynn, assembled the largest position in NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA). Deerfield Management had 61.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey’s Healthcor Management LP also initiated a $35.9 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new NUVA positions are Michael Johnston’s Steelhead Partners, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Jeremy Green’s Redmile Group.

What have insiders been doing with NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA)?

Insider buying is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA). These stocks are Volcano Corporation (NASDAQ:VOLC), Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ:MASI), ArthroCare Corporation (NASDAQ:ARTC), CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ:CNMD), and Wright Medical Group Inc (NASDAQ:WMGI). All of these stocks are in the medical appliances & equipment industry and their market caps are closest to NUVA’s market cap.

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