Should You Buy BioTelemetry, Inc. (BEAT)?

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BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAT) has seen an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. BEAT was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with BEAT holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that BEAT isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We’re going to take a look at the recent hedge fund action surrounding BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAT).

How have hedgies been trading BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAT)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 7% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 13 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in BEAT heading into this year. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).


The largest stake in BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAT) was held by Harvest Capital Strategies, which reported holding $14.6 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Ancora Advisors with a $13.8 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Millennium Management, PDT Partners, and PEAK6 Capital Management.

Now, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Columbus Circle Investors, managed by Principal Global Investors, initiated the biggest position in BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAT). Columbus Circle Investors had $3.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Louis Navellier’s Navellier & Associates also made a $1.7 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAT). These stocks are Globant SA (NYSE:GLOB), Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (NASDAQ:ROIC), STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ:STAA), and The Children’s Place Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCE). This group of stocks’ market values resemble BEAT’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
GLOB 17 74680 -2
ROIC 11 15038 7
STAA 24 853639 9
PLCE 23 390120 -2
Average 18.75 333369 3

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 18.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $333 million. That figure was $68 million in BEAT’s case. STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ:STAA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (NASDAQ:ROIC) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAT) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard STAA might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.