Is Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (IART) A Good Stock To Buy?

Before we spend countless hours researching a company, we’d like to analyze what insiders, hedge funds and billionaire investors think of the stock first. This is a necessary first step in our investment process because our research has shown that the elite investors’ consensus returns have been exceptional. In the following paragraphs, we find out what the billionaire investors and hedge funds think of Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART).

Is Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART) a great investment now? Investors who are in the know are buying. The number of long hedge fund positions moved up by 1 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that iart isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds. IART was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of March. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with IART holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Paul Marshall Marshall Wace

Paul Marshall of Marshall Wace

Let’s take a peek at the latest hedge fund action encompassing Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART).

What have hedge funds been doing with Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART)?

Heading into the second quarter of 2019, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 6% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in IART over the last 15 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with IART Positions

The largest stake in Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART) was held by Fisher Asset Management, which reported holding $42.6 million worth of stock at the end of March. It was followed by D E Shaw with a $26.9 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Adage Capital Management, Millennium Management, and Marshall Wace LLP.

Consequently, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Blue Mountain Capital, managed by Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow, initiated the largest position in Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART). Blue Mountain Capital had $2.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors also initiated a $2.9 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new IART positions are Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, and Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART) but similarly valued. We will take a look at The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE:HHC), Ascendis Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:ASND), DCP Midstream LP (NYSE:DCP), and BRF SA (NYSE:BRFS). This group of stocks’ market valuations match IART’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
HHC 22 471962 -4
ASND 35 2904435 9
DCP 2 8323 -3
BRFS 10 53894 1
Average 17.25 859654 0.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 17.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $860 million. That figure was $160 million in IART’s case. Ascendis Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:ASND) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand DCP Midstream LP (NYSE:DCP) is the least popular one with only 2 bullish hedge fund positions. Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 1.9% in Q2 through May 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 3 percentage points. Unfortunately IART wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on IART were disappointed as the stock returned -15.5% during the same period and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in Q2.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.