Is VBIV A Good Stock To Buy Now?

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Is VBIV a good stock to buy now? Hedge funds were turning bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund bets went up by 1 recently. VBI Vaccines, Inc. (NASDAQ:VBIV) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 10. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. Our calculations also showed that VBIV 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). There were 10 hedge funds in our database with VBIV holdings at the end of June.

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Joseph Edelman of Perceptive Advisors

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Do Hedge Funds Think VBIV Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 10% from the second quarter of 2020. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards VBIV over the last 21 quarters. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

Is VBIV A Good Stock To Buy?

More specifically, Perceptive Advisors was the largest shareholder of VBI Vaccines, Inc. (NASDAQ:VBIV), with a stake worth $157.4 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Perceptive Advisors was Viking Global, which amassed a stake valued at $25.2 million. Millennium Management, Two Sigma Advisors, and Bailard Inc 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 Perceptive Advisors allocated the biggest weight to VBI Vaccines, Inc. (NASDAQ:VBIV), around 2.3% of its 13F portfolio. Viking Global is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.09 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to VBIV.

Consequently, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Viking Global, managed by Andreas Halvorsen, established the most valuable position in VBI Vaccines, Inc. (NASDAQ:VBIV). Viking Global had $25.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Thomas Bailard’s Bailard Inc also made a $0.8 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners, Andre F. Perold’s HighVista Strategies, and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as VBI Vaccines, Inc. (NASDAQ:VBIV) but similarly valued. These stocks are SMART Global Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGH), Heritage Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:HFWA), Westlake Chemical Partners LP (NYSE:WLKP), Third Point Reinsurance Ltd (NYSE:TPRE), Maverix Metals Inc. (NYSE:MMX), Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc. (NYSE:BCSF), and LeMaitre Vascular Inc (NASDAQ:LMAT). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to VBIV’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
SGH 14 287640 0
HFWA 6 14208 -1
WLKP 2 1933 -2
TPRE 19 29902 1
MMX 8 91332 3
BCSF 11 16870 0
LMAT 7 5081 -2
Average 9.6 63852 -0.1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 9.6 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $64 million. That figure was $191 million in VBIV’s case. Third Point Reinsurance Ltd (NYSE:TPRE) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Westlake Chemical Partners LP (NYSE:WLKP) is the least popular one with only 2 bullish hedge fund positions. VBI Vaccines, Inc. (NASDAQ:VBIV) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for VBIV is 62.5. 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 VBIV as the stock returned 14.3% since the end of Q3 (through 12/8) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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