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Is NxStage Medical, Inc. (NXTM) A Good Stock To Buy?

After several tireless days we have finished crunching the numbers from the more than 700 13F filings issued by the elite hedge funds and other investment firms that we track at Insider Monkey, which disclosed those firms’ equity portfolios as of September 30. The results of that effort will be put on display in this article, as we share valuable insight into the smart money sentiment towards NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM).

NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 32 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018. At the end of this article we will also compare NXTM to other stocks including WillScot Corporation (NASDAQ:WSC), Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA), and NOW Inc (NYSE:DNOW) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Let’s take a gander at the fresh hedge fund action encompassing NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM).

How have hedgies been trading NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, no change from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 29 hedge funds with a bullish position in NXTM at the beginning of 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.

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The largest stake in NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM) was held by TIG Advisors, which reported holding $115.4 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Magnetar Capital with a $88.1 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Alpine Associates, Millennium Management, and Water Island Capital.

Because NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM) has faced falling interest from the smart money, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of hedge funds that slashed their entire stakes by the end of the third quarter. At the top of the heap, Richard Gerson and Navroz D. Udwadia’s Falcon Edge Capital dropped the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds tracked by Insider Monkey, valued at about $22.1 million in stock. Anand Parekh’s fund, Alyeska Investment Group, also said goodbye to its stock, about $8.6 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM) but similarly valued. We will take a look at WillScot Corporation (NASDAQ:WSC), Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA), NOW Inc (NYSE:DNOW), and B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE:BGS). This group of stocks’ market caps resemble NXTM’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
WSC 26 261579 -5
MWA 16 236172 0
DNOW 11 79327 2
BGS 13 82364 -2
Average 16.5 164861 -1.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 16.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $165 million. That figure was $528 million in NXTM’s case. WillScot Corporation (NASDAQ:WSC) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand NOW Inc (NYSE:DNOW) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.

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

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