Should You Buy Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc (AQXP)?

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Before we spend many hours researching a company, we’d like to analyze what hedge funds and billionaire investors think of the stock first. We would like to do so because the elite investors’ consensus returns have been exceptional. The top 30 S&P 500 stocks among hedge funds at the end of September 2014 yielded an average return of 9.5% during the last 12 months ending in October 30. Sixty three percent of these 30 stocks outperformed the market. Although the elite funds occasionally have their duds, such as Micron and Anadarko Petroleum, which fell 50% and 26%, respectively during the same time period, the hedge fund picks seem to work on average. In the following paragraphs, we find out what the billionaire investors and hedge funds think of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AQXP).

Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AQXP) investors should be aware of an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. 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 Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation Fund Inc (NYSE:ARDC), McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE:MUX), and United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a look at the fresh action regarding Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AQXP).

How are hedge funds trading Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AQXP)?

At the end of Q3, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, an increase of 44% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Baker Bros. Advisors, managed by Julian Baker and Felix Baker, holds the number one position in Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AQXP). Baker Bros. Advisors has a $94.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.9% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Peter Kolchinsky of RA Capital Management, with a $21.6 million position; the fund has 3.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions include Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management, Jeremy Green’s Redmile Group, and Bihua Chen’s Cormorant Asset Management.

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