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In this article, we will discuss the hedge fund sentiment towards Global Blood Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:GBT). There were 16 funds in our database bullish on the stock at the end of September, down by four funds from the end of the second quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare GBT to other stocks including SP Plus Corp (NASDAQ:SP), Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPAA), and Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDWR) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s go over the latest action regarding Global Blood Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:GBT).
Hedge fund activity in Global Blood Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:GBT)
At the end of the third quarter, 16 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Global Blood Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:GBT), down by 20% from the end of the second quarter. By comparison, 14 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in GBT heading into this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Joseph Edelman’s Perceptive Advisors has the biggest position in Global Blood Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:GBT), worth close to $53.8 million, amounting to 3.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Sectoral Asset Management, led by Jerome Pfund and Michael Sjostrom, holding a $23.8 million position; the fund has 2.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass Behzad Aghazadeh’s venBio Select Advisor, Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital and Stuart Weisbrod’s Iguana Healthcare Management. 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.