Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ENZN): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Is Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENZN) a buy, sell, or hold? The best stock pickers are taking a bearish view. The number of long hedge fund positions dropped by 4 lately.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a peek at the recent action encompassing Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENZN).

How have hedgies been trading Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENZN)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -29% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Seth Klarman’s Baupost Group had the most valuable position in Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENZN), worth close to $34.8 million, comprising 1.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is ICAHN CAPITAL Carl IcahnCarl Icahn of Icahn Capital LP, with a $26.2 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedgies that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Michael Price’s MFP Investors and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

Judging by the fact that Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENZN) has faced falling interest from the smart money, logic holds that there was a specific group of funds who sold off their full holdings in Q4. Interestingly, David Cohen and Harold Levy’s Iridian Asset Management dropped the largest stake of the 450+ funds we monitor, totaling about $9.8 million in stock.. Jean-Marie Eveillard’s fund, First Eagle Investment Management, also sold off its stock, about $3.4 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 4 funds in Q4.

What have insiders been doing with Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENZN)?

Bullish insider trading is most useful when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENZN) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENZN). These stocks are Cempra Inc (NASDAQ:CEMP), Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTK), ShangPharma Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SHP), Durata Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:DRTX), and OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:OGXI). This group of stocks are the members of the biotechnology industry and their market caps are closest to ENZN’s market cap.

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