Should You Buy Medivation Inc (NASDAQ:MDVN)?

Medivation Inc (NASDAQ:MDVN) was in 29 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. MDVN has seen an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. There were 27 hedge funds in our database with MDVN positions at the end of the previous quarter.

Medivation Inc (NASDAQ:MDVN)

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the recent action surrounding Medivation Inc (NASDAQ:MDVN).

What does the smart money think about Medivation Inc (NASDAQ:MDVN)?

At year’s end, a total of 29 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 7% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global had the most valuable position in Medivation Inc (NASDAQ:MDVN), worth close to $172 million, comprising 1.2% of its total 13F portfolio. On Viking Global’s heels is Donald Chiboucis of Columbus Circle Investors, with a $122 million position; the fund has 1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that are bullish include Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, Samuel Isaly’s OrbiMed Advisors and Christopher MedlockáJames’s Partner Fund Management.

As aggregate interest increased, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Brookside Capital, managed by Bain Capital, created the most valuable position in Medivation Inc (NASDAQ:MDVN). Brookside Capital had 33 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Mark Kingdon’s Kingdon Capital also initiated a $26 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Mark Kingdon’s Kingdon Capital, John Murphy’s Alydar Capital, and Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Medivation Inc (NASDAQ:MDVN)?

Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, Medivation Inc (NASDAQ:MDVN) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns exhibited by the aforementioned strategies, retail investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Medivation Inc (NASDAQ:MDVN) is no exception.

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