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Hedge Funds Have Never Been This Bullish On Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (BHVN)

Nina Todic

Hedge funds are not perfect. They have their bad picks just like everyone else. Facebook, a stock hedge funds have loved dearly, lost nearly 40% of its value at one point in 2018. Although hedge funds are not perfect, their consensus picks do deliver solid returns, however. Our data show the top 20 S&P 500 stocks among hedge funds beat the S&P 500 Index by more than 6 percentage points so far in 2019. Because hedge funds have a lot of resources and their consensus picks do well, we pay attention to what they think. In this article, we analyze what the elite funds think of Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE:BHVN).

Is Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE:BHVN) the right investment to pursue these days? Prominent investors are betting on the stock. The number of long hedge fund bets rose by 11 lately. Our calculations also showed that bhvn isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds. BHVN was in 33 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of March. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with BHVN positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Mark Kingdon - Kingdon Capital

Let's go over the fresh hedge fund action surrounding Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE:BHVN).

Hedge fund activity in Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE:BHVN)

At Q1's end, a total of 33 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 50% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards BHVN over the last 15 quarters. With hedgies' positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were adding to their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with BHVN Positions

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Cormorant Asset Management, managed by Bihua Chen, holds the biggest position in Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE:BHVN). Cormorant Asset Management has a $56.6 million position in the stock, comprising 3.8% of its 13F portfolio. On Cormorant Asset Management's heels is Kingdon Capital, led by Mark Kingdon, holding a $43.5 million position; 5.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of Fred Knoll's Knoll Capital Management, Robert Pohly's Samlyn Capital and David Rosen's Rubric Capital Management.

Now, some big names were leading the bulls' herd. Ghost Tree Capital, managed by Ken Greenberg and David Kim, assembled the biggest call position in Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE:BHVN). Ghost Tree Capital had $7.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey's Healthcor Management LP also made a $7.8 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Mark Kingdon's Kingdon Capital, Bain Capital's Brookside Capital, and Brad Farber's Atika Capital.

Let's go over hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE:BHVN) but similarly valued. These stocks are Independent Bank Corp (NASDAQ:INDB), PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL), Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:WRE), and Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE:CVA). This group of stocks' market values are similar to BHVN's market value.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position INDB,6,7051,-3 POL,23,151231,4 WRE,9,89215,-5 CVA,18,91758,-2 Average,14,84814,-1.5 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 14 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $85 million. That figure was $386 million in BHVN's case. PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Independent Bank Corp (NASDAQ:INDB) is the least popular one with only 6 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 1.9% in Q2 through May 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 3 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on BHVN as the stock returned 9.9% during the same period and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were clearly right about piling into this stock relative to other stocks with similar market capitalizations.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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