SciClone Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:SCLN) is a $503.65 million market cap company which serves as a provider of therapies for oncology, infectious diseases and cardiovascular disorders in China, Hong Kong and the US. So far this year, the stock of the company has appreciated by a stout 28.20%, while during today’s trading session alone the shares have gained over 14.50%, as they are changing hands like a hot potato. The large increase in trading volume and bullish charge of the shares seems to largely be based on a bullish call from an analyst. Yesterday, analysts at MLV & Co initiated coverage on the stock with a ‘Buy’ rating and a $15 target, which suggested potential upside of well over 60% at that time. Since there was no other major news announced over the past two days that could have triggered such a jump, let’s briefly describe the recent performance of the company as well as the activity of insiders and hedge fund managers. In the company’s last earnings report, SciClone Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:SCLN) surprised investors with 26.4% year-over-year revenue growth versus the 1.9% industry average. The EPS growth was even more striking, a 112.5% increase from the previous year’s quarter. The company is financially sound, having no debt and a quick ratio of 6.82.
SciClone Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:SCLN) investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money of late. The company was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios, with their holdings totaling $40.08 million in value at the end of March, while there were 15 hedge funds in our database holding around $33.40 million of the stock at the end of the previous quarter.
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Let’s next take a look at the detailed hedge fund activity in SciClone Pharmaceuticals.