There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Carl Icahn and George Soros think. Those hedge fund operators make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other elite funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACHN).
Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACHN) has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest recently. ACHN was in 27 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with ACHN holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ACHN to other stocks including Multi-Color Corporation (NASDAQ:LABL), Abaxis Inc (NASDAQ:ABAX), and Redwood Trust, Inc. (NYSE:RWT) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACHN)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a gain of 23% from the second quarter of 2016, after several quarters of largely flat sentiment. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, OrbiMed Advisors, managed by Samuel Isaly, holds the biggest position in Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACHN). OrbiMed Advisors has a $106.2 million position in the stock, comprising 1.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by RA Capital Management, led by Peter Kolchinsky, holding a $97.5 million position; the fund has 10.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that are bullish include Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, Julian Baker and Felix Baker’s Baker Bros. Advisors, and Kris Jenner, Gordon Bussard, Graham McPhail’s Rock Springs Capital Management.