The third-quarter stock market correction has turned out to resemble the situation observed during the Asian financial crisis of 1997. The two relatively short-lived corrections occurred at a time with stable interest rates, falling commodity markets, with strong-performing technology and healthcare sectors, and struggling energy sector. Similarly, the two corrections followed long periods without a correction, which had to come sooner or later and it did. Even so, several prominent hedge fund investors publicly asserted their bearish view on the current state of the U.S. equity markets, suggesting that they significantly cut their exposure to equities during the latest quarter. Having said that, it would be worthwhile to take a look at the hedge fund sentiment on Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:LGND) in order to identify whether reputable and successful top money managers continue to believe in its potential.
Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. LGND investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with LGND holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare LGND to other stocks including Select Income REIT (NYSE:SIR), Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:WRE), and Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:HEP) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s review the new action encompassing Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:LGND).
How are hedge funds trading Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:LGND)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -16% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Dorset Management, managed by David M. Knott, holds the number one position in Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:LGND). Dorset Management has a $102.8 million position in the stock, comprising 29.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Cardinal Capital, led by Amy Minella, holding a $75.3 million position; the fund has 4.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that are bullish include Julian Baker and Felix Baker’s Baker Bros. Advisors, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management.