Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Xencor Inc (NASDAQ:XNCR) .
Is Xencor Inc (NASDAQ:XNCR) an exceptional stock to buy now? The best stock pickers seem to be in a bullish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings increased by two last quarter. In this way, 17 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Xenocor at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare XNCR to other stocks including Civitas Solutions Inc (NYSE:CIVI), Orthofix International NV (NASDAQ:OFIX), and American Railcar Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARII) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the fresh action regarding Xencor Inc (NASDAQ:XNCR).
How are hedge funds trading Xencor Inc (NASDAQ:XNCR)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, 17 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Xencor Inc (NASDAQ:XNCR) at the end of September, up by 13% from the end of June. On the other hand, there were a total of 15 hedge funds with a bullish position in XNCR at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Deerfield Management, led by James E. Flynn, holds the number one position in Xencor Inc (NASDAQ:XNCR). Deerfield Management has a $54.1 million position in the stock, comprising 2.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund is Joseph Edelman’s Perceptive Advisors, which holds a $36.6 million position; the fund has 2.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism contain Julian Baker and Felix Baker’s Baker Bros. Advisors, Samuel Isaly’s OrbiMed Advisors, and Daniel Gold’s QVT Financial. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.