Is Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY) Stock A Buy or Sell?

The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the December quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge fund investors experienced strong gains on the back of a strong market performance, which certainly propelled them to adjust their equity holdings so as to maintain the desired risk profile. As a result, the relevancy of these public filings and their content is indisputable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Bristol Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY).

Is Bristol Myers Squibb Company (BMY) stock a buy or sell? BMY shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. Bristol Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) was in 131 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistic is 136. Our calculations also showed that BMY ranked 13th among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q4 rankings).

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Do Hedge Funds Think BMY Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At fourth quarter’s end, a total of 131 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 6% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 122 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in BMY a year ago. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Is BMY A Good Stock To Buy?

The largest stake in Bristol Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) was held by Berkshire Hathaway, which reported holding $2067.8 million worth of stock at the end of December. It was followed by Renaissance Technologies with a $1146.4 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included GQG Partners, OrbiMed Advisors, and GLG Partners. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position FinePoint Capital allocated the biggest weight to Bristol Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY), around 100% of its 13F portfolio. Birchview Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 28.39 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to BMY.

As one would reasonably expect, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Senator Investment Group, managed by Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin, established the biggest position in Bristol Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY). Senator Investment Group had $55.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Doron Breen and Mori Arkin’s Sphera Global Healthcare Fund also initiated a $38.8 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new BMY positions are Carl Tiedemann and Michael Tiedemann’s TIG Advisors, Christopher James’s Partner Fund Management, and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Bristol Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY). We will take a look at Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZM), Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP), QUALCOMM, Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), China Mobile Limited (NYSE:CHL), Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN), and BHP Group (NYSE:BHP). All of these stocks’ market caps match BMY’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
CVX 50 5390278 7
ZM 59 6002261 3
UNP 68 3539131 -6
QCOM 85 2727547 -2
CHL 13 275668 3
TXN 56 2497473 1
BHP 20 1099946 2
Average 50.1 3076043 1.1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 50.1 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $3076 million. That figure was $6088 million in BMY’s case. QUALCOMM, Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand China Mobile Limited (NYSE:CHL) is the least popular one with only 13 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Bristol Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for BMY is 92.9. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. Our calculations showed that top 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 81.2% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 26 percentage points. These stocks gained 7% in 2021 through March 12th and still beat the market by 1.6 percentage points. Unfortunately BMY wasn’t nearly as successful as these 30 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on BMY were disappointed as the stock returned -2.2% since the end of the fourth quarter (through 3/12) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the more diversified list of the top 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market since 2019.

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