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Biocept, Inc. (BIOC) gets increase in fund investment; BioScrip, Inc. (BIOS) reports investor exits position

Sabby Management, LLC has filed an SC 13G form with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosing ownership of 3,333,333 shares of Biocept, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIOC). This represents 5.24 percent ownership of the company. Previously, Sabby Management, LLC had reported owning 962,265 shares, indicating an increase of 246.40 percent. Biocept, Inc. has declared a standard industrial code (sic) of 8071 which is the “Medical Laboratories” industry.

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North Tide Capital, Llc has filed an SC 13G/A form with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosing ownership of 0 shares of BioScrip, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIOS). This represents 0.0 percent ownership of the company. Previously, North Tide Capital, Llc had reported owning 8,500,000 shares, indicating a decrease of -100.00 percent. BioScrip, Inc. has declared a standard industrial code (sic) of 8082 which is the "Home Health Care Services" industry.

When a person or group of persons acquires beneficial ownership of more than 5% of a company’s equity securities, they are required to file a Schedule 13D or 13G with the SEC. If these groups intend to influence management into changing the business strategy, they are considered "activist" investors. There is considerable academic research that suggest activist investors contribute to excess returns in equities in the subsequent twelve months after the event.

Investors that acquire 10% or more of a company's shares, or that gain a board seat, are considered insiders by the SEC and are subject to stricter insider trading filing requirements.

Amended Activist Investor Filings

Mirna Therapeutics, Inc. (MIRN) - New Enterprise Associates 14, L.P. has filed an amended Schedule 13D/A, reporting a 19.70% ownership stake in Mirna Therapeutics. This is a decrease of 16.17% from their previous filing.

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (CHH) - Bainum Stewart Jr has filed an amended Schedule 13D/A, reporting a 22.18% ownership stake in Choice Hotels International. This is an increase of 20.41% from their previous filing.

Sohu.com, Inc. (SOHU) - Zhang Charles has filed an amended Schedule 13D/A, reporting a 20.50% ownership stake in Sohu.com. This is an increase of 2.19% from their previous filing.

Macerich Company (THE) (MAC) - Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board has filed an amended Schedule 13D/A, reporting a 16.50% ownership stake in Macerich Company. This is an increase of 1.85% from their previous filing.

New Passive Investor Filings

Investors that acquire more than 5% of the shares of a company but have no intention of influencing management are considered passive investors and must file a 13G.

Biocept, Inc. (BIOC) - Sabby Management, LLC has filed a new SC 13G, reporting a 5.24% ownership stake in Biocept. This is an increase of 91.24% from their previous filing.

AeroVironment, Inc. (AVAV) - American Capital Management Inc has filed a new SC 13G, reporting a 6.10% ownership stake in AeroVironment.

EPR Properties (EPR) - Daiwa Asset Management Co. Ltd has filed a new SC 13G, reporting a 5.10% ownership stake in EPR Properties.

Avnet, Inc. (AVT) - Pzena Investment Management Llc has filed a new SC 13G, reporting a 7.47% ownership stake in Avnet.

Cousins Properties, Inc. (CUZ) - Daiwa Asset Management Co. Ltd has filed a new SC 13G, reporting a 5.50% ownership stake in Cousins Properties.

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (ESRT) - Daiwa Asset Management Co. Ltd has filed a new SC 13G, reporting a 5.20% ownership stake in Empire State Realty Trust.

Constellation Alpha Capital Corp. (CNAC) - Hgc Investment Management Inc. has filed a new SC 13G, reporting a 5.33% ownership stake in Constellation Alpha Capital.

I-AM Capital Acquisition Company (IAM) - Hgc Investment Management Inc. has filed a new SC 13G, reporting a 6.00% ownership stake in I-AM Capital Acquisition.

Industrea Acquisition Corp. (INDU) - Hgc Investment Management Inc. has filed a new SC 13G, reporting a 5.46% ownership stake in Industrea Acquisition.

Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corporation Class A (MPAC) - Hgc Investment Management Inc. has filed a new SC 13G, reporting a 5.23% ownership stake in Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corporation Class A.

M III Acquisition Corp. (MIII) - Hgc Investment Management Inc. has filed a new SC 13G, reporting a 5.21% ownership stake in M III Acquisition.

Draper Oakwood Technology Acquisition, Inc. Unit (DOTAU) - Hgc Investment Management Inc. has filed a new SC 13G, reporting a 8.57% ownership stake in Draper Oakwood Technology Acquisition, Inc. Unit.

Bison Capital Acquisition Corp (BCAC) - Hgc Investment Management Inc. has filed a new SC 13G, reporting a 5.54% ownership stake in Bison Capital Acquisition.

Black Ridge Acquisition Corp. (BRAC) - Hgc Investment Management Inc. has filed a new SC 13G, reporting a 5.66% ownership stake in Black Ridge Acquisition.

Eastside Distilling, Inc. (ESDI) - Orca Investment Management, LLC has filed a new SC 13G, reporting a 5.15% ownership stake in Eastside Distilling.

Amended Passive Investor Filings

MFA Financial, Inc. (MFA) - Thornburg Investment Management Inc has filed an amended Schedule 13D/A, reporting a 8.50% ownership stake in MFA Financial. This is a decrease of 5.87% from their previous filing.

Central Federal Corp. (CFBK) - Elizabeth Park Capital Advisors, Ltd. has filed an amended Schedule 13D/A, reporting a 5.50% ownership stake in Central Federal. This is a decrease of 38.20% from their previous filing.

BioScrip, Inc. (BIOS) - North Tide Capital, Llc has filed an amended Schedule 13D/A, reporting a 0.00% ownership stake in BioScrip. This is a decrease of 100.00% from their previous filing.

Phibro Animal Health Corporation (PAHC) - Thornburg Investment Management Inc has filed an amended Schedule 13D/A, reporting a 1.73% ownership stake in Phibro Animal Health. This is a decrease of 67.96% from their previous filing.

SeaSpine Holdings Corporation (SPNE) - Caruso Richard E has filed an amended Schedule 13D/A, reporting a 15.32% ownership stake in SeaSpine Holdings. This is a decrease of 18.60% from their previous filing.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. (TWO) - Thornburg Investment Management Inc has filed an amended Schedule 13D/A, reporting a 0.00% ownership stake in Two Harbors Investment. This is a decrease of 100.00% from their previous filing.

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. (SHO) - Daiwa Asset Management Co. Ltd has filed an amended Schedule 13D/A, reporting a 6.20% ownership stake in Sunstone Hotel Investors. This is a decrease of 13.89% from their previous filing.

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRE) - Thornburg Investment Management Inc has filed an amended Schedule 13D/A, reporting a 3.91% ownership stake in Washington Real Estate Investment Trust. This is a decrease of 37.24% from their previous filing.

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (PEB) - Daiwa Asset Management Co. Ltd has filed an amended Schedule 13D/A, reporting a 5.80% ownership stake in Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. This is a decrease of 12.12% from their previous filing.

UDR, Inc. (UDR) - Daiwa Asset Management Co. Ltd has filed an amended Schedule 13D/A, reporting a 5.30% ownership stake in UDR. This is a decrease of 20.90% from their previous filing.

Tribune Media Company (TRCO) - Manning & Napier Advisors Llc has filed an amended Schedule 13D/A, reporting a 0.00% ownership stake in Tribune Media. This is a decrease of 100.00% from their previous filing.

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