A market correction in the third quarter, spurred by a number of global macroeconomic concerns ended up having a negative impact on the markets and many hedge funds as a result. The stocks of smaller companies were especially hard hit during this time as investors fled to investments seen as being safer. This is evident in the fact that the Russell 2000 ETF underperformed the S&P 500 ETF by 14 percentage points between June 25 and the end of October. We also received indications that hedge funds were trimming their positions amid the market volatility and uncertainty, and given their greater inclination towards smaller cap stocks than other investors, it follows that a stronger sell-off occurred in those stocks. Let’s study the hedge fund sentiment to see how those concerns affected their ownership of Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:BLCM) during the quarter.
Hedge fund interest in Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:BLCM) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare BLCM to other stocks, including Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE:RT), Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU), and Oriental Financial Group Inc. (NYSE:OFG) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to check out the fresh action regarding Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:BLCM).
What does the smart money think about Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:BLCM)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Baker Bros. Advisors, managed by Julian Baker and Felix Baker, holds the number one position in Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:BLCM). The fund has a $60.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.6% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Israel Englander of Millennium Management, with a $14.4 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions encompass Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Joseph Edelman’s Perceptive Advisors and Daniel Gold’s QVT Financial.