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

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NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM) was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. NXTM investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately though. There were 27 hedge funds in our database with NXTM positions at the end of June. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a decline in popularity but it may still be more popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE:CEQP), Rexford Industrial Realty Inc (NYSE:REXR), and TopBuild Corp (NYSE:BLD) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the key action encompassing NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM).

What does the smart money think about NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -4% from the previous quarter. This is still 30% higher than its popularity at the beginning of this year. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, James E. Flynn’s Deerfield Management has the most valuable position in NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM), worth close to $102.4 million, accounting for 4.8% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Perceptive Advisors, led by Joseph Edelman, holding a $41.7 million position; 2.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism comprise Jerome Pfund and Michael Sjostrom’s Sectoral Asset Management, Justin John Ferayorni’s Tamarack Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. We should note that none of these fund managers were in our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds.