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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (PGNX)

Nina Todic

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Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGNX) investors should be aware of a decrease in support from the world's most elite money managers recently. Our calculations also showed that PGNX isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video below for Q2 rankings). Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

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What does smart money think about Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGNX)?

At Q3's end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -8% from the second quarter of 2019. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in PGNX over the last 17 quarters. With the smart money's positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

More specifically, Farallon Capital was the largest shareholder of Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGNX), with a stake worth $37.2 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Farallon Capital was Point72 Asset Management, which amassed a stake valued at $14.1 million. Broadfin Capital, Royce & Associates, and Highland Capital 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 Broadfin Capital allocated the biggest weight to Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGNX), around 1.48% of its 13F portfolio. Farallon Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.38 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to PGNX.

Judging by the fact that Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGNX) has experienced a decline in interest from the smart money, it's easy to see that there were a few money managers who were dropping their full holdings heading into Q4. Intriguingly, Philip Hempleman's Ardsley Partners dumped the largest position of all the hedgies watched by Insider Monkey, valued at about $4 million in stock, and Minhua Zhang's Weld Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $0.1 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds heading into Q4.

Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGNX) but similarly valued. These stocks are Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL), CNB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CCNE), The Cato Corporation (NYSE:CATO), and Newtek Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ:NEWT). This group of stocks' market caps match PGNX's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position LDL,13,23112,1 CCNE,3,30012,1 CATO,14,36788,-4 NEWT,6,12659,1 Average,9,25643,-0.25 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 9 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $26 million. That figure was $70 million in PGNX's case. The Cato Corporation (NYSE:CATO) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand CNB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CCNE) is the least popular one with only 3 bullish hedge fund positions. Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGNX) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we'd rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 37.4% in 2019 through the end of November and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 9.9 percentage points. Unfortunately PGNX wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on PGNX were disappointed as the stock returned 3.2% during the fourth quarter (through the end of November) 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 so far this year.

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

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