Should You Be Tempted To ‘Sell’ Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) Stock

Miller Value Partners recently released its Q1 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. The Miller Value Partners Opportunity Equity Fund posted a return of -38.4% for the quarter (net of fees), underperforming its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index which returned -19.6% in the same quarter. You should check out Miller Value Partners top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of the stock market crash.

In the said letter, Miller Value Partners highlighted a few stocks and Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ALXN) is one of them. Alexion Pharmaceuticals is a pharmaceutical company. Year-to-date, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ALXN) stock gained 4.3% and on June 10th it had a closing price of $116.33. Here is what Miller Value Partners said:

“We chose to sell Alexion to fund these ideas. While it still looks like a great bargain at face value, we’ve owned it for three years without the investment working. When we did an exhaustive review of how to improve our process after 2011, one useful rule was to sell a name that hadn’t worked after 2-3 years. The grandfather of value investing, Ben Graham, advocated this rule as well so we incorporated it into our process.”

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In Q1 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ALXN)  stock increased by about 17% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don’t seem to agree with ALXN’s downside potential. Our calculations showed that Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ALXN)  isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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