The equity market returns were very disappointing in the third quarter, “thanks” to the slowdown of China’s economy and the weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data. It was not entirely clear whether the broader market sell-off made U.S. equity valuations undervalued, but it definitely made them more attractive. It is worth mentioning that Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) underperformed the broad-market S&P 500 ETF by more than 14 percentage points during the period of June 25, 2015 through October 30, 2015. This clearly points to the fact that most investors, including hedge fund firms and institutional investors, heavily cut their exposure to high-potential (but seemingly riskier) small-cap stocks during the bloody third quarter. So let’s take a glance at the smart money sentiment towards Medivation Inc (NASDAQ:MDVN) and see how it was affected.
Medivation Inc (NASDAQ:MDVN) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. MDVN was in 34 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 39 hedge funds in our database with MDVN positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare MDVN to other stocks, including Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP), Rogers Communications Inc. (USA) (NYSE:RCI), and C.R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE:BCR) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s review the fresh action surrounding Medivation Inc (NASDAQ:MDVN).
What have hedge funds been doing with Medivation Inc (NASDAQ:MDVN)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 34 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -13% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Fred Knoll’s Knoll Capital Management has the number one position in Medivation Inc (NASDAQ:MDVN), worth close to $186.9 million, amounting to 79.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Rob Citrone’s Discovery Capital Management, with a $160.3 million position; 1.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. The remaining members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.