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Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE:BHVN) was in 38 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of June. BHVN has experienced an increase in support from the world's most elite money managers of late. There were 33 hedge funds in our database with BHVN positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that BHVN isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (see the video below). Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.
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Unlike former hedge manager, Dr. Steve Sjuggerud, who is convinced Dow will soar past 40000, our long-short investment strategy doesn't rely on bull markets to deliver double digit returns. We only rely on hedge fund buy/sell signals. Let's take a look at the fresh hedge fund action encompassing Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE:BHVN).
What have hedge funds been doing with Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE:BHVN)?
At the end of the second quarter, a total of 38 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 15% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards BHVN over the last 16 quarters. So, let's review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
More specifically, Cormorant Asset Management was the largest shareholder of Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE:BHVN), with a stake worth $67.9 million reported as of the end of March. Trailing Cormorant Asset Management was Citadel Investment Group, which amassed a stake valued at $56.6 million. Adage Capital Management, Kingdon Capital, and TIG Advisors were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, some big names have been driving this bullishness. TIG Advisors, managed by Carl Tiedemann and Michael Tiedemann, initiated the most outsized position in Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE:BHVN). TIG Advisors had $33.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Bihua Chen's Cormorant Asset Management also made a $24.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new BHVN positions are Kevin Kotler's Broadfin Capital, Jeffrey Jay and David Kroin's Great Point Partners, and Jonathan Barrett and Paul Segal's Luminus Management.
Let's also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE:BHVN). We will take a look at Adient plc (NYSE:ADNT), LCI Industries (NYSE:LCII), WSFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:WSFS), and RH (NYSE:RH). This group of stocks' market values are closest to BHVN's market value.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position ADNT,18,570678,-5 LCII,10,77218,2 WSFS,15,164450,-5 RH,28,391899,-8 Average,17.75,301061,-4 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 17.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $301 million. That figure was $494 million in BHVN's case. RH (NYSE:RH) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand LCI Industries (NYSE:LCII) is the least popular one with only 10 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE:BHVN) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 24.4% in 2019 through September 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 4 percentage points. Unfortunately BHVN wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on BHVN were disappointed as the stock returned -4.7% during the third quarter and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market in Q3.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.