Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Senomyx Inc. (SNMX)

Senomyx Inc. (NASDAQ:SNMX) investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently.

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Peter Kolchinsky

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Now, let’s take a gander at the latest action surrounding Senomyx Inc. (NASDAQ:SNMX).

What does the smart money think about Senomyx Inc. (NASDAQ:SNMX)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Peter Kolchinsky’s RA Capital Management had the biggest position in Senomyx Inc. (NASDAQ:SNMX), worth close to $6.7 million, accounting for 2.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Prescott Group Capital Management, managed by Phil Frohlich, which held a $2.5 million position; 0.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that are bullish include Kerr Neilson’s Platinum Asset Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Kroch’s GRT Capital Partners.

Because Senomyx Inc. (NASDAQ:SNMX) has experienced a declination in interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, we can see that there is a sect of fund managers that slashed their positions entirely last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners dumped the largest investment of the 450+ funds we track, totaling an estimated $0.1 million in stock. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How are insiders trading Senomyx Inc. (NASDAQ:SNMX)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time frame, Senomyx Inc. (NASDAQ:SNMX) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Senomyx Inc. (NASDAQ:SNMX). These stocks are Gulf Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ:GURE), Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ:PEIX), Penford Corporation (NASDAQ:PENX), Metabolix, Inc. (NASDAQ:MBLX), and Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMX). This group of stocks are in the specialty chemicals industry and their market caps match SNMX’s market cap.