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Is Pfenex Inc (NYSEMKT:PFNX) a buy right now? Hedge funds are indeed in a pessimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions fell by 1 lately. PFNX was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with PFNX positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as EndoChoice Holdings Inc (NYSE:GI), Comtech Telecomm. Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL), and Stemline Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:STML) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s take a gander at the fresh action regarding Pfenex Inc (NYSEMKT:PFNX).
Hedge fund activity in Pfenex Inc (NYSEMKT:PFNX)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -11% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 11 hedge funds with a bullish position in PFNX 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.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Joseph Edelman’s Perceptive Advisors has the largest position in Pfenex Inc (NYSEMKT:PFNX), worth close to $8.4 million, amounting to 0.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Bihua Chen of Cormorant Asset Management, with a $5.7 million position; 0.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism consist of Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and Michael Castor’s Sio Capital. We should note that none of these elite funds are among our list of the 100 best performing elite funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.