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Is Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ:LOXO) a bargain? Prominent investors are altogether in a bullish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions advanced by 1 in recent months. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with LOXO positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare LOXO to other stocks including Modine Manufacturing Co. (NYSE:MOD), Amarin Corporation plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:AMRN), and TETRA Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TTI) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s check out the recent action encompassing Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ:LOXO).
How have hedgies been trading Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ:LOXO)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a growth of 10% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in LOXO over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Dennis Purcell’s Aisling Capital has the biggest position in Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ:LOXO), worth close to $105.5 million, amounting to 21.7% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is OrbiMed Advisors, led by Samuel Isaly, which holds a $45.2 million position; the fund has 0.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, John Paulson’s Paulson & Co and Richard Driehaus’ Driehaus 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.