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Is Mylan Inc. (MYL) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Insider Monkey follows around 730 of the best-performing money managers and even though many of them lost money in the last several months, the history shows that they still manage to beat broader market benchmarks over the long run. This is the reason why it can be profitable for retail investors to imitate or at least examine their moves. Of course, even the best money managers get it wrong on some occasions, but following some of their picks offers investors a better chance of outperforming the crowd than picking a random stock and this is where our research comes in. Furthermore, equity strategists at Goldman Sachs also compiled a basket of stocks, called the Hedge Fund VIP list, that includes the 50 most-owned stocks among hedge fund firms. Goldman’s fresh data stipulates that the VIP basket of stocks outperformed the S&P 500 gauge on a quarterly basis 64% of the time since 2001 through the end of 2015. Having this in mind, the following article will focus on the hedge fund activity that surrounds Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL).

Is Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL) a sound stock to buy now? Hedge funds are selling. The number of bullish hedge fund positions shrunk by 14 in recent months. MYL was in 60 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the fourth quarter of 2015. There were 74 hedge funds in our database with MYL positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as VF Corp (NYSE:VFC), DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH), and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE) to gather more data points.

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Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL) is a pharmaceutical company that develops and markets generic, branded generic and specialty pharmaceuticals. The shares of Mylan are down 23% over the past 52 weeks, partially because of negative sentiment in the industry due to allegations of price gouging around Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc. (NYSE:VRX). According to recent reports, the price of Mylan’s EpiPen Auto-Injector, used for the treatment of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), increased from approximately $76 per package in 2001 to more than $500. Although Mylan did not face the same scrutiny as Valeant did, some investors might have become worried about the company’s pricing practices associated with EpiPen. It should be noted that EpiPen Auto-Injector generates a high portion of Mylan’s Specialty revenues, which totaled $1.24 billion in 2015. This is up from $1.22 billion in 2014 and $1.03 billion in 2013. The increase in Specialty revenues was mainly driven by higher volumes of the EpiPen, partially offset by lower pricing. There are two companies that are developing competing generic versions of Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL)’s EpiPen: Sanofi SA (ADR) (NYSE:SNY) and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:TEVA). Just recently, the U.S. FDA found some deficiencies in an application for an injector developed by Teva, so the launch of the company’s epinephrine injection is anticipated to be delayed until at least 2017. This is great news for Mylan, which makes us believe that the company will continue to achieve higher sales from its injector. Meanwhile, the market for this allergy-reaction injector continues to grow, as awareness of the risks of anaphylaxis increases.

Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL) reported consolidated total revenues of $9.43 billion for 2015, up from $7.72 billion delivered in 2014. The increase in the top-line figure was mainly driven by third party net sales growth in the company’s Generics business of 33%, which also included the impact from an acquisition. At the same time, the company’s revenues were negatively impacted foreign exchange headwinds, which had an estimated impact of approximately $430 million on the 2015 top-line figure. Constant currency total revenues grew 28% year-on-year. Mylan’s stock is priced at only 8.31-times expected earnings, significantly below the forward P/E multiple of 16.5 for the Drug Retail sector.

With all of this in mind, let’s go over the new action encompassing Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL).

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