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In this article, we are going to discuss the hedge fund sentiment towards Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:INFI). Overall, the stock didn’t see a lot of action from investors tracked by us during the third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare INFI to other stocks including SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAEX), Sunshine Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:SBCP), and Computer Task Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTG) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to review the recent action regarding Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:INFI).
What does the smart money think about Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:INFI)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged over the quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in INFI over the last five quarters. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Mark Lampert’s Biotechnology Value Fund / BVF Inc has the largest position in Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:INFI), worth close to $8 million, comprising 1.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Samuel Isaly’s OrbiMed Advisors, which disclosed a $5.1 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions comprise James E. Flynn’s Deerfield Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and Julian Baker and Felix Baker’s Baker Bros. 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.