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Hedge Funds Are Coming Back To Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (REGN)

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The financial regulations require hedge funds and wealthy investors that exceeded the $100 million holdings threshold to file a report that shows their positions at the end of every quarter. Even though it isn't the intention, these filings to a certain extent level the playing field for ordinary investors. The latest round of 13F filings disclosed the funds' positions on June 30th. We at Insider Monkey have made an extensive database of more than 873 of those established hedge funds and famous value investors' filings. In this article, we analyze how these elite funds and prominent investors traded Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:REGN) based on those filings.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:REGN) investors should be aware of an increase in activity from the world's largest hedge funds in recent months. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:REGN) was in 48 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistic is 49. Our calculations also showed that REGN isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q2 rankings).

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Charles Clough of Clough Capital Partners

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Do Hedge Funds Think REGN Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

Heading into the third quarter of 2021, a total of 48 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 23% from the first quarter of 2020. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards REGN over the last 24 quarters. 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, ARK Investment Management was the largest shareholder of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:REGN), with a stake worth $398.3 million reported as of the end of June. Trailing ARK Investment Management was Citadel Investment Group, which amassed a stake valued at $157.5 million. Healthcor Management LP, AQR Capital Management, and Point72 Asset Management were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Tri Locum Partners allocated the biggest weight to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:REGN), around 21.05% of its 13F portfolio. Bronte Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 4.68 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to REGN.

Now, key money managers were leading the bulls' herd. Healthcor Management LP, managed by Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey, established the most outsized position in Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:REGN). Healthcor Management LP had $106.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Steve Cohen's Point72 Asset Management also made a $105.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Dmitry Balyasny's Balyasny Asset Management, Charles Clough's Clough Capital Partners, and Louis Bacon's Moore Global Investments.

Let's also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:REGN). We will take a look at Dominion Energy Inc. (NYSE:D), Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), ICICI Bank Limited (NYSE:IBN), Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM), Eaton Corporation plc (NYSE:ETN), Workday Inc (NASDAQ:WDAY), and Itau Unibanco Holding SA (NYSE:ITUB). This group of stocks' market caps are closest to REGN's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position D,34,1262051,-5 F,55,2106196,6 IBN,28,2473600,-3 WM,39,3600334,7 ETN,40,1062179,-9 WDAY,72,5187481,3 ITUB,16,431689,4 Average,40.6,2303361,0.4 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 40.6 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2303 million. That figure was $1595 million in REGN's case. Workday Inc (NASDAQ:WDAY) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Itau Unibanco Holding SA (NYSE:ITUB) is the least popular one with only 16 bullish hedge fund positions. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:REGN) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for REGN is 68. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. Our calculations showed that top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 95.8% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 40 percentage points. These stocks gained 22.9% in 2021 through October 1st and still beat the market by 5.6 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on REGN, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 2.2% since Q2 (through October 1st) and outperformed the market as well.

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