Is Kite Pharma Inc (KITE) a Good Stock to Buy?

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There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Carl Icahn and George Soros think. Those hedge fund operators make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other elite funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze Kite Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:KITE).

Kite Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:KITE) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. KITE was in 27 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with KITE positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ:CREE), Darling International Inc. (NYSE:DAR), and The Timken Company (NYSE:TKR) to gather more data points.

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How are hedge funds trading Kite Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:KITE)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a gain of 42% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).


Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Wildcat Capital Management, managed by Leonard A. Potter, holds the largest position in Kite Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:KITE). Wildcat Capital Management has a $131.7 million position in the stock, comprising 31.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Andreas Halvorsen of Viking Global, with a $28.9 million position. Other professional money managers that hold long positions comprise Jacob Doft’s Highline Capital Management, Christopher James’ Partner Fund Management and Guy Shahar’s DSAM Partners. 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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