Between June 25 and October 30th the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) lagged the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points as investors worried over the possible ramifications of rising interest rates. The hedge funds and institutional investors we track typically invest more in smaller-cap stocks than an average investor, and we have seen data that shows those funds paring back their overall exposure. Those funds cutting positions in small-caps is one reason why volatility has increased. In the following paragraphs, we take a closer look at what hedge funds and prominent investors think of Accelerate Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ:AXDX) and see how the stock is affected by the recent hedge fund activity.
Accelerate Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ:AXDX) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. AXDX shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with AXDX holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 National Bank Holdings Corp (NYSE:NBHC), Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:KRO), and Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s analyze the latest action surrounding Accelerate Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ:AXDX).
What does the smart money think about Accelerate Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ:AXDX)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -21% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Matthew Strobeck’s Birchview Capital has the largest position in Accelerate Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ:AXDX), worth close to $33.5 million, comprising 20% of its total 13F portfolio. On Birchview Capital’s heels is Miura Global Management, managed by Pasco Alfaro / Richard Tumure, which holds a $9.7 million position; 0.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions contain Stewart Strawbridge’s Selkirk Management, Stuart Weisbrod’s Iguana Healthcare Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.