Steve Cohen‘s Point72 Asset Management has loaded up on significant amounts of Renewable Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ:REGI) and NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM) shares, according to two Schedule 13G forms filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund’s enhanced stake in Renewable Energy is now comprised of 2.25 million shares, up from 341,000 shares on March 31, while in NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM) the family office’s holding spiked to 3.16 million shares from some 994,700 shares. Other affiliated entities through which the stakes were acquired include Point72 Capital Advisors, Inc., Cubist Systematic Strategies, LLC, and EverPoint Asset Management, LLC.
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Born out of the revamping of the former S.A.C. Capital Advisors into a family office for Cohen and his employees, Point72 had an impressive first quarter. The fund gained some 7.5% during the first three months of the year, while the market value of Point72’s public equity portfolio stood at $14.67 billion at the end of the first quarter, with a majority of its holdings belonging to the energy and consumer discretionary sectors.
Coming back to the fund’s new holding in Renewable Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ:REGI), which represents 5.1% of the company’s outstanding common stock, the $543.92 million company is a biodiesel producer operating in the United States with a nationwide distribution network. The stock gained more than 16% yesterday on the heels of a Piper Jaffray upgrade to ‘Outperform’ from ‘Neutral, with a price target of $15. The development has its grounds in the latest proposal from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) for Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes. According to the amount of Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO), decided by the agency for three years, Renewable Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ:REGI)’s margins are expected to improve considerably owing to increased revenue from the sale of Renewable Identification Numbers (RIN).