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Is Pacific Biosciences of California (PACB) a Good Stock to Buy?

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Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB) has experienced a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. More specifically, during the third quarter, the number of investors from our database long the stock declined to 17 from 22. At the end of this article we will also compare PACB to other stocks including Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:MACK), iKang Healthcare Group Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:KANG), and Foundation Medicine Inc (NASDAQ:FMI) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action surrounding Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB).

What does the smart money think about Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 17 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down by 23% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in PACB over the last five quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.


According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Lee Ainslie’s Maverick Capital holds the most valuable position in Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB) which has an $81.5 million position in the stock, comprising 1% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund is Roberto Mignone’s Bridger Management holding a $44.5 million position; 3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers with similar optimism contain William C. Martin’s Raging Capital Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest funds in the world. We should note that Raging Capital Management is 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.

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