Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (HALO): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock? – Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (MACK), TESARO Inc (TSRO)

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HALO) has seen an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months.

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HALO)

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Consequently, let’s take a gander at the latest action encompassing Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HALO).

How are hedge funds trading Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HALO)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 9% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, QVT Financial, managed by Daniel Gold, holds the largest position in Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HALO). QVT Financial has a $25.4 million position in the stock, comprising 1.7% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Baker Bros. Advisors, managed by Julian Baker and Felix Baker, which held a $11.9 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedgies with similar optimism include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Jerome Pfund and Michael Sjostrom’s Sectoral Asset Management and John A. Levin’s Levin Capital Strategies.

As industrywide interest jumped, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Sectoral Asset Management, managed by JΘr⌠me Pfund and Michael Sj÷str÷m, assembled the biggest position in Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HALO). Sectoral Asset Management had 5.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also made a $1.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new HALO investors: Mike Vranos’s Ellington, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

What have insiders been doing with Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HALO)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time frame, Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HALO) has experienced 2 unique insiders buying, 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 Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HALO). These stocks are InterMune Inc (NASDAQ:ITMN), Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:MACK), TESARO Inc (NASDAQ:TSRO), ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD), and EXACT Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ:EXAS). This group of stocks are the members of the biotechnology industry and their market caps match HALO’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
InterMune Inc (NASDAQ:ITMN) 14 0 0
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:MACK) 7 3 1
TESARO Inc (NASDAQ:TSRO) 2 1 0
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD) 12 0 4
EXACT Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ:EXAS) 11 2 0

With the returns shown by the aforementioned strategies, everyday investors should always pay attention to hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HALO) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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