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Is Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCPH) going to take off soon? Hedge funds are in a pessimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund bets shrunk by 1 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that DCPH isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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We're going to take a look at the recent hedge fund action encompassing Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCPH).
What have hedge funds been doing with Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCPH)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -6% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 12 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in DCPH heading into this year. So, let's examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
More specifically, OrbiMed Advisors was the largest shareholder of Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCPH), with a stake worth $75.6 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing OrbiMed Advisors was Redmile Group, which amassed a stake valued at $57.2 million. Polar Capital, Viking Global, and Opaleye Management were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.
Since Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCPH) has faced declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, we can see that there lies a certain "tier" of money managers that decided to sell off their positions entirely in the third quarter. Intriguingly, Zach Schreiber's Point State Capital dropped the biggest investment of all the hedgies tracked by Insider Monkey, valued at close to $6.9 million in stock, and Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $4.7 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds in the third quarter.
Let's go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCPH). These stocks are Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ:ROCK), Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. (NYSE:HLX), Herc Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HRI), and Natera Inc (NASDAQ:NTRA). This group of stocks' market caps match DCPH's market cap.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position ROCK,12,124889,1 HLX,16,59869,-1 HRI,24,667633,1 NTRA,21,204485,7 Average,18.25,264219,2 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 18.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $264 million. That figure was $257 million in DCPH's case. Herc Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HRI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ:ROCK) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCPH) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we'd rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard HRI might be a better candidate to consider a long position.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.