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Is Ardelyx Inc (NASDAQ:ARDX) a good stock to buy? ARDX shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers lately. ARDX was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with ARDX holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Intellia Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:NTLA), National Presto Industries Inc. (NYSE:NPK), and TriCo Bancshares (NASDAQ:TCBK) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action surrounding Ardelyx Inc (NASDAQ:ARDX).
What does the smart money think about Ardelyx Inc (NASDAQ:ARDX)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 44% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 7 hedge funds with a bullish position in ARDX at the beginning of this year. As you can see from the graph below, hedge fund interest in the stock has been increasing pretty consistently over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, RA Capital Management, led by Peter Kolchinsky, holds the largest position in Ardelyx Inc (NASDAQ:ARDX). RA Capital Management has a $42.3 million position in the stock, comprising 4.4% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Bihua Chen of Cormorant Asset Management, with a $26.8 million position; the fund has 3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism comprise Kris Jenner, Gordon Bussard, Graham McPhail’s Rock Springs Capital Management, Oleg Nodelman’s EcoR1 Capital and Joseph Edelman’s Perceptive Advisors. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.