Sanofi SA (ADR) (NYSE:SNY) is preparing to oust all the board members of Medivation, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The decision comes after Medivation rejected Sanofi’s $9.3 billion acquisition offer last month. Sanofi will use the ‘written consent’ rule which gives Medivation shareholders the ability to replace directors at any time. Medivation ended its negotiations with the Paris-based healthcare company, and demanded a $52.50 per share cash offer, the source added. Sanofi, on the other hand, says that it is willing to raise its offer only if Medivation resumes negotiations. Amid news, Sanofi’s stock has gained 1.90% so far today.
Sanofi SA (ADR) (NYSE:SNY) was in 30 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2016. SNY has experienced a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 31 hedge funds in our database with SNY 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 Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA), NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE), and BP plc (ADR) (NYSE:BP) to gather more data points.
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At the end of the first quarter, a total of 30 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down by 3% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Fisher Asset Management, managed by Ken Fisher, holds the biggest position in Sanofi SA (ADR) (NYSE:SNY). Fisher Asset Management has a $593 million position in the stock, comprising 1.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Berkshire Hathaway, managed by Warren Buffett, which holds a $156.9 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Francis Chou’s Chou Associates Management, Michael Castor’s Sio Capital and Paul Orlin and Alex Porter’s Amici Capital.
On the next page, we are going to take a look at the funds that unloaded their entire stakes in Sanofi during the first three months of 2016.