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Flamel Technologies S.A. (ADR) (NASDAQ:FLML) has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. FLML was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with FLML positions 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 Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services (NYSEAMEX:LTS), Camden National Corporation (NASDAQ:CAC), and Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) to gather more data points.
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How have hedgies been trading Flamel Technologies S.A. (ADR) (NASDAQ:FLML)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a rise of 23% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 14 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in FLML heading into this year. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Kevin Kotler’s Broadfin Capital has the largest position in Flamel Technologies S.A. (ADR) (NASDAQ:FLML), worth close to $54.5 million, amounting to 4.9% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Deerfield Management, led by James E. Flynn, which holds a $50.5 million position; the fund has 2.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism consist of George McCabe’s Portolan Capital Management, and Steven Boyd’s Armistice Capital. 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.