Is PRLD A Good Stock To Buy Now?

With the third-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the fourth quarter. One of these stocks was Prelude Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ:PRLD).

Is PRLD a good stock to buy now? Investors who are in the know were taking a bullish view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets went up by 15 in recent months. Prelude Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ:PRLD) was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. Our calculations also showed that PRLD 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 PRLD Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At the end of September, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 15 from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in PRLD 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, OrbiMed Advisors held the most valuable stake in Prelude Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ:PRLD), which was worth $469.9 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Baker Bros. Advisors which amassed $304.9 million worth of shares. Hillhouse Capital Management, Rock Springs Capital Management, and Suvretta Capital 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 OrbiMed Advisors allocated the biggest weight to Prelude Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ:PRLD), around 5.94% of its 13F portfolio. Baker Bros. Advisors is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 1.22 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to PRLD.

Consequently, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. OrbiMed Advisors, initiated the biggest position in Prelude Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ:PRLD). OrbiMed Advisors had $469.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Julian Baker and Felix Baker’s Baker Bros. Advisors also initiated a $304.9 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new PRLD investors: Lei Zhang’s Hillhouse Capital Management, Kris Jenner, Gordon Bussard, Graham McPhail’s Rock Springs Capital Management, and Aaron Cowen’s Suvretta Capital Management.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Prelude Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ:PRLD). We will take a look at International Bancshares Corp (NASDAQ:IBOC), Walker & Dunlop Inc. (NYSE:WD), Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (NYSE:MSGE), Veoneer, Inc. (NYSE:VNE), Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB), Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA), and Navient Corp (NASDAQ:NAVI). All of these stocks’ market caps match PRLD’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
IBOC 19 77344 2
WD 17 72026 -1
MSGE 34 376412 -4
VNE 10 128887 -4
PEB 9 64842 -4
MWA 24 220024 3
NAVI 22 167531 -5
Average 19.3 158152 -1.9

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 19.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $158 million. That figure was $839 million in PRLD’s case. Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (NYSE:MSGE) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB) is the least popular one with only 9 bullish hedge fund positions. Prelude Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ:PRLD) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for PRLD is 29.2. 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 30.7% in 2020 through December 14th and still beat the market by 15.8 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on PRLD as the stock returned 141.2% since the end of the third quarter (through 12/14) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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