Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (PTIE): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Should Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE) investors track the following data?

In the eyes of many investors, hedge funds are viewed as overrated, old investment vehicles of an era lost to time. Although there are more than 8,000 hedge funds in operation today, Insider Monkey looks at the upper echelon of this club, close to 525 funds. Analysts calculate that this group controls the majority of the smart money’s total assets, and by tracking their highest quality picks, we’ve formulated a few investment strategies that have historically outpaced the broader indices. Our small-cap hedge fund strategy beat the S&P 500 index by 18 percentage points per year for a decade in our back tests, and since we’ve started sharing our picks with our subscribers at the end of August 2012, we have outpaced the S&P 500 index by 33 percentage points in 11 months (see all of our picks from August).

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Keeping this in mind, let’s analyze the recent info surrounding Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE).

What have hedge funds been doing with Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 20% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.

Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE)Out of the hedge funds we follow, Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management had the largest position in Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE), worth close to $9.6 million, comprising 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by First Eagle Investment Management, managed by Matt McLennan, which held a $4.1 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that are bullish include Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management, Kevin Kotler’s Broadfin Capital and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

As one would understandably expect, particular hedge funds have jumped into Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE) headfirst. Visium Asset Management, managed by Jacob Gottlieb, initiated the most outsized position in Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE). Visium Asset Management had 9.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Matt McLennan’s First Eagle Investment Management also initiated a $4.1 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new PTIE positions are Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management, Kevin Kotler’s Broadfin Capital, and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is best served when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time frame, Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE). These stocks are Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTK), ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARQL), ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ:ZIOP), BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ:BDSI), and Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOLD). This group of stocks are the members of the biotechnology industry and their market caps are similar to PTIE’s market cap.

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