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Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY) has seen an increase in support from the world's most elite money managers of late. Our calculations also showed that ARRY isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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Let's go over the recent hedge fund action surrounding Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY).
How have hedgies been trading Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY)?
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 3% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 40 hedge funds with a bullish position in ARRY a year ago. With the smart money's capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Among these funds, Redmile Group held the most valuable stake in Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY), which was worth $267.5 million at the end of the first quarter. On the second spot was Farallon Capital which amassed $134.1 million worth of shares. Moreover, Perceptive Advisors, Baker Bros. Advisors, and Biotechnology Value Fund / BVF Inc were also bullish on Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.
As industrywide interest jumped, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Perceptive Advisors, managed by Joseph Edelman, assembled the biggest position in Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY). Perceptive Advisors had $103.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Behzad Aghazadeh's venBio Select Advisor also made a $48.8 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new ARRY positions are Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies, Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow's Blue Mountain Capital, and Jeffrey Jay and David Kroin's Great Point Partners.
Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY). We will take a look at Transocean Ltd (NYSE:RIG), Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE:HPP), Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LECO), and EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT). This group of stocks' market valuations match ARRY's market valuation.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position RIG,37,756782,4 HPP,12,362610,0 LECO,26,308752,7 EQT,36,1181332,-8 Average,27.75,652369,0.75 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 27.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $652 million. That figure was $1107 million in ARRY's case. Transocean Ltd (NYSE:RIG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE:HPP) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. 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 ARRY as the stock returned 11.8% during the same period and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.
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