We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article we look at what those investors think of Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD).
Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. To get a better sense of its popularity, at the end of this article we will also compare GILD to other stocks including BP plc (ADR) (NYSE:BP), Sanofi SA (ADR) (NYSE:SNY), and Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ:KHC).
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action regarding Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD).
How are hedge funds trading Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD)?
At the end of September, 87 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Gilead, a change of 2% from the end of the second quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Passport Capital, managed by John Burbank, holds the number one position in Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD). Passport Capital has a $395.6 million ‘call’ position in the stock, comprising 8.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $329.2 million position; 0.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers with similar optimism consist of John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, John A. Levin’s Levin Capital Strategies and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.