Is GMDA A Good Stock To Buy Now?

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Is GMDA a good stock to buy now? Gamida Cell Ltd. (NASDAQ:GMDA) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. Gamida Cell Ltd. (NASDAQ:GMDA) was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistics is 9. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. Our calculations also showed that GMDA isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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Kris Jenner - Rock Springs Capital

Kris Jenner of Rock Springs Capital Management

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

At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 11% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards GMDA over the last 21 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Among these funds, Biotechnology Value Fund / BVF Inc held the most valuable stake in Gamida Cell Ltd. (NASDAQ:GMDA), which was worth $8.9 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Rock Springs Capital Management which amassed $8.4 million worth of shares. Driehaus Capital, Baker Bros. Advisors, and Alyeska Investment Group were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Biotechnology Value Fund / BVF Inc allocated the biggest weight to Gamida Cell Ltd. (NASDAQ:GMDA), around 0.48% of its 13F portfolio. Rock Springs Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 0.21 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to GMDA.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, initiated the most valuable position in Gamida Cell Ltd. (NASDAQ:GMDA). Citadel Investment Group had $0.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Gamida Cell Ltd. (NASDAQ:GMDA) but similarly valued. These stocks are Verastem Inc (NASDAQ:VSTM), Mastech Digital, Inc. (NYSE:MHH), Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ:RRGB), Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:OGI), Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRA), Misonix, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSON), and BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (NYSE:BXC). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble GMDA’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
VSTM 11 34590 -7
MHH 4 4989 1
RRGB 10 12324 -4
OGI 4 1883 -1
VRA 17 29891 4
MSON 10 24393 3
BXC 13 64708 3
Average 9.9 24683 -0.1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 9.9 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $25 million. That figure was $31 million in GMDA’s case. Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Mastech Digital, Inc. (NYSE:MHH) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Gamida Cell Ltd. (NASDAQ:GMDA) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for GMDA is 59.1. 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 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10 percentage points. These stocks gained 32.9% in 2020 through December 8th and still beat the market by 16.2 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on GMDA as the stock returned 165.1% since the end of Q3 (through 12/8) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.