Is Calithera Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CALA) a good stock to buy right now? We at Insider Monkey like to examine what billionaires and hedge funds think of a company before doing days of research on it. Given their 2 and 20 payment structure, hedge funds have more resources than the average investor. The funds have access to expert networks and get tips from industry insiders. They also have numerous Ivy League graduates and MBAs. Like everyone else, hedge funds perform miserably at times, but their consensus picks have historically outperformed the market after risk adjustments.
Calithera Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CALA) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. The stock market echoed a similar sentiment for the shares of Calithera Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CALA), as they dropped 23.95% during the quarter. We will find out more about the hedge funds that held stake in the company at the end of the last quarter.
For a better understanding of the hedge fund behavior, we will also compare Calithera Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CALA) to other stocks, including Alimera Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:ALIM), First Trust Strategic High Income Fd II (NYSE:FHY), and Quinpario Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:JASN) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to take a look at the recent action regarding Calithera Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CALA).
What have hedge funds been doing with Calithera Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CALA)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 5 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a decline of 17% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management has the biggest position in Calithera Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CALA), worth close to $17 million, amounting to less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Adage Capital Management’s heels is Biotechnology Value Fund / BVF Inc, managed by Mark Lampert, which holds a $2.5 million position; 0.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions consist of Oleg Nodelman’s EcoR1 Capital, Paul Orlin and Alex Porter’s Amici Capital, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.