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Is Seagen Inc. (NASDAQ:SGEN) a buy here? Money managers were in a bullish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions inched up by 11 lately. Seagen Inc. (NASDAQ:SGEN) was in 38 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistics is 36. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. Our calculations also showed that SGEN isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q2 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).
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What have hedge funds been doing with Seagen Inc. (NASDAQ:SGEN)?
At Q2’s end, a total of 38 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 41% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in SGEN over the last 20 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
The largest stake in Seagen Inc. (NASDAQ:SGEN) was held by Baker Bros. Advisors, which reported holding $8032 million worth of stock at the end of June. It was followed by Woodline Partners with a $59.9 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Renaissance Technologies, Rock Springs Capital Management, and Zevenbergen Capital Investments. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Baker Bros. Advisors allocated the biggest weight to Seagen Inc. (NASDAQ:SGEN), around 35.43% of its 13F portfolio. Woodline Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 2.37 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to SGEN.
Consequently, key hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Zevenbergen Capital Investments, managed by Nancy Zevenbergen, established the largest position in Seagen Inc. (NASDAQ:SGEN). Zevenbergen Capital Investments had $42.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP also initiated a $11.7 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new SGEN investors: Peter Muller’s PDT Partners, Bhagwan Jay Rao’s Integral Health Asset Management, and Principal Global Investors’s Columbus Circle Investors.
Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Seagen Inc. (NASDAQ:SGEN). These stocks are Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS), Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE:BF), Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG), The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV), ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE:ZTO), Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES), and Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF). All of these stocks’ market caps resemble SGEN’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 33.1 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1251 million. That figure was $8430 million in SGEN’s case. Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE:ZTO) is the least popular one with only 18 bullish hedge fund positions. Seagen Inc. (NASDAQ:SGEN) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for SGEN is 67. 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. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 23% in 2020 through October 30th and beat the market again by 20.1 percentage points. Unfortunately SGEN wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on SGEN were disappointed as the stock returned -1.8% since the end of June (through 10/30) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far this year.
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