Should You Buy IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXX)? – Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL), Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO)

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXX) investors should pay attention to an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late.

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXX)

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Now, let’s take a peek at the key action encompassing IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXX).

What does the smart money think about IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXX)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 57% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

Of the funds we track, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the biggest position in IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXX), worth close to $218 million, comprising 0.7% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, which held a $5 million position; the fund has 0% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

As aggregate interest increased, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, established the most outsized position in IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXX). Millennium Management had 5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also initiated a $5 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new IDXX investors: D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Mike Vranos’s Ellington.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXX)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time period, IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXX) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 10 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXX). These stocks are Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ:SNTA), Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL), Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO), Abaxis Inc (NASDAQ:ABAX), and Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ:NEOG). All of these stocks are in the diagnostic substances industry and their market caps are closest to IDXX’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ:SNTA) 12 2 0
Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL) 6 0 2
Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO) 8 1 5
Abaxis Inc (NASDAQ:ABAX) 5 0 10
Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ:NEOG) 4 1 4

With the returns exhibited by Insider Monkey’s strategies, everyday investors must always monitor hedge fund and insider trading activity, and IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXX) applies perfectly to this mantra.