Is Axovant Sciences Ltd (AXON) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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Axovant Sciences Ltd (NYSE:AXON) has seen an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with AXON holdings at the end of September, compared to 14 funds a quarter earlier. At the end of this article we will also compare AXON to other stocks including BroadSoft Inc (NASDAQ:BSFT), Capital Bank Financial Corp (NASDAQ:CBF), and Yirendai Ltd – ADR(NYSE:YRD) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s check out the recent action regarding Axovant Sciences Ltd (NYSE:AXON).

What have hedge funds been doing with Axovant Sciences Ltd (NYSE:AXON)?

At the end of the third quarter, 20 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long Axovant Sciences Ltd (NYSE:AXON), a change of 43% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards AXON over the last five quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Daniel Gold’s QVT Financial holds the biggest position in Axovant Sciences Ltd (NYSE:AXON). QVT Financial has a $1.05 billion position in the stock, comprising 39.6% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is RA Capital Management, led by Peter Kolchinsky, holding a $70 million position; the fund has 7.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions contain D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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