Paulson & Co Trims Trilogy Metals & Synergy Pharma Positions ~ market folly

Monday, October 3, 2016

Paulson & Co Trims Trilogy Metals & Synergy Pharma Positions

John Paulson's hedge fund firm Paulson & Co has filed two Form 4's with the SEC.

First, Paulson has reduced his stake in Trilogy Metals (TMQ), formerly known as NovaCopper.  On September 27th and 28th, Paulson sold 11,173 shares at prices of $0.5594 and $0.5503.  After these sales, Paulson still owns over 11.61 million shares.

Per Google Finance, Trilogy Metals is "a Canada-based metals exploration company. The Company is engaged in exploring and developing the Ambler mining district located in northwestern Alaska. The Company's segments are Alaska, USA; Antioquia, Colombia, and Corporate and other. The Company focuses on the Arctic deposit, which is a volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit located approximately 470 kilometers northwest of the City of Fairbanks, Alaska. The Company's Arctic deposit focuses on engineering and environmental site investigation studies. The Company's Bornite deposit is a carbonate-hosted copper deposit located approximately 25 Kilometers southwest of the Company’s Arctic project. The Company's Bornite deposit focuses on exploration, with mineralization and opens to the north, northeast and south."

Second, Paulson & Co also filed another Form 4 regarding its stake in Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP).  On September 27th and 28th, Paulson sold 54,300 shares in total at prices of $5.7458 and $5.6041.  After these transactions, Paulson still owned 24.22 million shares.  We've highlighted how Paulson has been selling SGYP shares recently.

Per Google Finance, Synergy Pharmaceuticals is "a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of gastrointestinal (GI) therapies. The Company's GI platform includes two lead product candidates: plecanatide and dolcanatide. It is engaged in the discovery, research and development involving uroguanylin analogs for the treatment of functional GI disorders and inflammatory bowel disease. Plecanatide is the Company's uroguanylin analog being evaluated for use as a once-daily tablet for two functional GI disorders, chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C). Plecanatide is a 16-amino acid peptide that is structurally identical to uroguanylin with the exception of a single amino acid change. Dolcanatide is also its uroguanylin analog being explored for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Dolcanatide is designed to be an analog of uroguanylin with resistance to standard digestive breakdown by proteases in the intestine." 

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