Is GTHX A Good Stock To Buy Now?

Is G1 Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTHX) a good place to invest some of your money right now? We can gain invaluable insight to help us answer that question by studying the investment trends of top investors, who employ world-class Ivy League graduates, who are given immense resources and industry contacts to put their financial expertise to work. The top picks of these firms have historically outperformed the market when we account for known risk factors, making them very valuable investment ideas.

Is GTHX a good stock to buy now? G1 Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTHX) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest lately. G1 Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTHX) was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistic is 20. Our calculations also showed that GTHX 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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Do Hedge Funds Think GTHX Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2020, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 18% from the second quarter of 2020. On the other hand, there were a total of 15 hedge funds with a bullish position in GTHX a year ago. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

More specifically, Hillhouse Capital Management was the largest shareholder of G1 Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTHX), with a stake worth $11 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Hillhouse Capital Management was Millennium Management, which amassed a stake valued at $6.4 million. Citadel Investment Group, Burrage Capital Management, and Rhenman & Partners Asset Management 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 Burrage Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to G1 Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTHX), around 2.08% of its 13F portfolio. Birchview Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 0.31 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to GTHX.

As one would reasonably expect, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, assembled the most outsized position in G1 Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTHX). Millennium Management had $6.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners also initiated a $0.7 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new GTHX investors: Greg Eisner’s Engineers Gate Manager and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to G1 Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTHX). We will take a look at Mechel PAO (NYSE:MTL), eGain Corporation (NASDAQ:EGAN), Luther Burbank Corporation (NASDAQ:LBC), Boston Omaha Corporation (NASDAQ:BOMN), Catchmark Timber Trust Inc (NYSE:CTT), Aegion Corp (NASDAQ:AEGN), and Mercer International Inc. (NASDAQ:MERC). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to GTHX’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
MTL 3 1788 0
EGAN 11 36330 0
LBC 4 3020 2
BOMN 5 166210 -7
CTT 13 53862 4
AEGN 9 13719 -1
MERC 13 82614 3
Average 8.3 51078 0.1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 8.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $51 million. That figure was $31 million in GTHX’s case. Catchmark Timber Trust Inc (NYSE:CTT) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Mechel PAO (NYSE:MTL) is the least popular one with only 3 bullish hedge fund positions. G1 Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTHX) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for GTHX is 76.5. 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 GTHX as the stock returned 75.8% since the end of Q3 (through 12/8) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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