Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Omnicare, Inc. (OCR)

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Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE:OCR) has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late.

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Now, it’s important to take a peek at the latest action encompassing Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE:OCR).

How are hedge funds trading Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE:OCR)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 27 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 13% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

Omnicare insider tradingOf the funds we track, Iridian Asset Management, managed by David Cohen and Harold Levy, holds the largest position in Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE:OCR). Iridian Asset Management has a $276.1 million position in the stock, comprising 4.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick of First Pacific Advisors LLC, with a $266.2 million position; the fund has 2.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include Peter Adam Hochfelder’s Brahman Capital, Jean-Marie Eveillard’s First Eagle Investment Management and Wallace Weitz’s Wallace R. Weitz & Co..

As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. First Pacific Advisors LLC, managed by Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick, created the biggest position in Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE:OCR). First Pacific Advisors LLC had 266.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management also made a $9.8 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management, and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.

Insider trading activity in Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE:OCR)

Insider buying is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time frame, Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE:OCR) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE:OCR). These stocks are McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK), Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH), “, and AmerisourceBergen Corp. (NYSE:ABC). This group of stocks belong to the drugs wholesale industry and their market caps match OCR’s market cap.

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