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Is Pharmacyclics, Inc. (PCYC) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is Pharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCYC) an outstanding investment now? Money managers are taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund bets went up by 2 recently.

Pharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCYC)

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Consequently, it’s important to take a glance at the latest action surrounding Pharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCYC).

Hedge fund activity in Pharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCYC)

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 23 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 10% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

Of the funds we track, Baker Bros. Advisors, managed by Julian Baker and Felix Baker, holds the most valuable position in Pharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCYC). Baker Bros. Advisors has a $878.4 million position in the stock, comprising 17.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Jacob Gottlieb of Visium Asset Management, with a $61 million position; 1.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Daniel Gold’s QVT Financial, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors and Jerome Pfund and Michael Sjostrom’s Sectoral Asset Management.

As one would reasonably expect, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Deerfield Management, managed by James E. Flynn, created the largest position in Pharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCYC). Deerfield Management had 27.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors also initiated a $16.9 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new PCYC positions are Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.

How are insiders trading Pharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCYC)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time frame, Pharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCYC) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 7 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Pharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCYC). These stocks are United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ:UTHR), Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:FRX), Warner Chilcott Plc (NASDAQ:WCRX), Endo Health Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:ENDP), and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited (ADR) (NYSE:RDY). This group of stocks belong to the drug manufacturers – other industry and their market caps resemble PCYC’s market cap.

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