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Should You Avoid Amgen, Inc. (AMGN)?

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The market has been volatile as the Federal Reserve winds down its easy money policies. Small cap stocks have been hit hard as a result, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points between June 25th and the end of October. SEC filings and hedge fund investor letters indicate that the smart money seems to be paring back their overall long exposure, and the funds’ movements is one of the reasons why the major indexes have retraced. In this article, we analyze what the smart money thinks of Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) and find out how it is affected by hedge funds’ moves.

Is Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) ready to rally soon? The best stock pickers are in a bearish mood. The number of long hedge fund bets went down by five recently. AMGN was in 68 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of December. There were 73 hedge funds in our database with AMGN holdings 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 PetroChina Company Limited (ADR) (NYSE:PTR), Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:TSM), and Bristol Myers Squibb Co. (NYSE:BMY) to gather more data points.

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One of the company’s long-term shareholders is activist billionaire Dan Loeb’s Third Point. Here’s what Third Point said about Amgen in one of its letters to investors back in 2014:

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