Shareholders of Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOLD), ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD), Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX), and Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc (NYSE:DO) are certainly happy today, as the value of their holdings in the stock are surging in afternoon trading thanks to various catalysts. Let’s find out why and examine what the smart money thinks of the four stocks.
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Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOLD) is up by 12.9% as sentiment for the stock improves. Amicus’ stock tanked in October after the company said it will not file the NDA for migalastat for the treatment of Fabry disease this year after communicating with the FDA. The FDA wants more information, which will take time to complete. Despite the setback, Amicus has potential, as investors believe migalastat has better dosing superiority in 30%-to-50% of Fabry patients than current treatments such as Fabrazyme and Replagal. With $3.05 in cash per share, Amicus has enough money to keep the lights on for a while and finance any additional data the FDA needs.
According to our data culled from approximately 730 elite funds in our database, smart money investors were bullish on Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOLD) in the second quarter. 31 funds reported stakes as of June 30 worth $687.19 million, accounting for 41.90% of the stock’s float, up from 26 funds and $520.91 million respectively at the end of March. Joseph Edelman‘s Perceptive Advisors owned 14.44 million shares at the end of the second quarter.
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD) has rallied by 15.3% after the FDA granted the company’s NDA for NUPLAZID priority review. ACADIA Pharmaceuticals is seeking FDA approval of NUPLAZID for the treatment of psychosis associated with Parkinsons disease. The market could be substantial, as one million Americans suffer from Parkinsons disease, with an estimated 40% experiencing Parkinsons-related psychosis. A priority review speeds up the review timeline to six months from ten months, and gives NUPLAZID a PDUFA date of May 1, 2016. Hedge funds were bullish on ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD) in the second quarter. 26 funds reported owning ACADIA stakes worth $1.11 billion, holding 26.30% of all shares. Julian Baker and Felix Baker‘s Baker Bros. Advisors owned 20.48 million shares at the end of the second quarter.
On the next page, we examine why Novavax and Diamond Offshore Drilling are rallying.