Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXEL) was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. EXEL shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with EXEL holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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Now, we’re going to take a gander at the recent action regarding Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXEL).
How are hedge funds trading Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXEL)?
In preparation for this year, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -9% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully.
Of the funds we track, First Eagle Investment Management, managed by Jean-Marie Eveillard, holds the biggest position in Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXEL). First Eagle Investment Management has a $5 million position in the stock, comprising 0% of its 13F portfolio. On First Eagle Investment Management’s heels is Philippe Jabre of Jabre Capital Partners, with a $4 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and SAC Subsidiary’s Sigma Capital Management.
Seeing as Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXEL) has faced falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there lies a certain “tier” of hedge funds that decided to sell off their entire stakes last quarter. At the top of the heap, Bart Baum’s Ionic Capital Management dropped the biggest investment of the 450+ funds we key on, totaling close to $1 million in stock., and Julian Baker and Felix Baker of Baker Bros. Advisors was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $0 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds last quarter.
How have insiders been trading Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXEL)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time frame, Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXEL) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXEL). These stocks are Clovis Oncology Inc (NASDAQ:CLVS), Puma Biotechnology Inc (NYSE:PBYI), Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLDX), NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:NPSP), and Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACHN). All of these stocks are in the biotechnology industry and their market caps are similar to EXEL’s market cap.
|Company Name||# of Hedge Funds||# of Insiders Buying||# of Insiders Selling|
|Clovis Oncology Inc (NASDAQ:CLVS)||7||0||1|
|Puma Biotechnology Inc (NYSE:PBYI)||11||2||0|
|Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLDX)||12||0||0|
|NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:NPSP)||18||1||6|
|Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACHN)||16||0||1|
With the results shown by the aforementioned strategies, retail investors must always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXEL) applies perfectly to this mantra.