Is Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. (SEEL) A Good Stock To Buy Now?

A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEEL).

Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEEL) has seen an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEEL) was in 4 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistics is 4. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. There were 2 hedge funds in our database with SEEL holdings at the end of June. Our calculations also showed that SEEL 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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How have hedgies been trading Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEEL)?

At third quarter’s end, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 100% from the second quarter of 2020. By comparison, 3 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in SEEL a year ago. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, holds the most valuable position in Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEEL). Renaissance Technologies has a $0.6 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by John Overdeck and David Siegel of Two Sigma Advisors, with a $0.1 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers with similar optimism include Philip Hempleman’s Ardsley Partners, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and . In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Ardsley Partners allocated the biggest weight to Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEEL), around 0.01% of its 13F portfolio. Renaissance Technologies is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 0.0006 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to SEEL.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have jumped into Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEEL) headfirst. Two Sigma Advisors, managed by John Overdeck and David Siegel, created the largest position in Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEEL). Two Sigma Advisors had $0.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group also initiated a $0 million position during the quarter.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEEL). These stocks are JMP Group LLC (NYSE:JMP), Recro Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:REPH), HighPoint Resources Corporation (NYSE:HPR), Income Opportunity Realty Investors, Inc. (NYSE:IOR), Streamline Health Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:STRM), Natural Alternatives International, Inc. (NASDAQ:NAII), and Hudson Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:HDSN). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to SEEL’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
JMP 2 87 0
REPH 13 14050 -1
HPR 8 2827 -7
IOR 1 325 1
STRM 6 18128 1
NAII 2 4323 1
HDSN 2 75 0
Average 4.9 5688 -0.7

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 4.9 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $6 million. That figure was $1 million in SEEL’s case. Recro Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:REPH) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Income Opportunity Realty Investors, Inc. (NYSE:IOR) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEEL) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for SEEL is 49.5. 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 30.7% in 2020 through November 27th and beat the market by 16.1 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on SEEL, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 9.6% since the end of Q3 (through November 27th) and outperformed the market.

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