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T2 Biosystems Inc (NASDAQ:TTOO) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. TTOO has seen an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with TTOO holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare TTOO to other stocks including Southern First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFST), First Northwest BanCorp (NASDAQ:FNWB), and Codorus Valley Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVLY) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the latest action surrounding T2 Biosystems Inc (NASDAQ:TTOO).
What does the smart money think about T2 Biosystems Inc (NASDAQ:TTOO)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up by 20% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards TTOO over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Dennis Purcell’s Aisling Capital has the largest position in T2 Biosystems Inc (NASDAQ:TTOO), worth close to $20.5 million, accounting for 4.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Richard Mashaal of Rima Senvest Management, with a $13.7 million position; 1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that are bullish comprise Julian Robertson’s Tiger Management, Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management and Efrem Kamen’s Pura Vida Investments. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.