Seeing as the latest batch of 13F filings have been released and the energy sector is a hot topic heading into OPEC’s fateful meeting over production guidelines, we have created a list of energy stocks that many hedge funds exited from in the third quarter. Although hedge funds are not always right, it often pays to know how big and savvy institutions are collectively trading specific equities.
In this article, let’s examine more in depth Devon Energy Corp (NYSE:DVN), Antero Resources Corp (NYSE:AR), Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN), EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT), and BP plc (ADR) (NYSE:BP) and the associated smart money movement among them.
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EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT)
– Number of Hedge Fund Shareholders (as of September 30): 25
– Total Value of Hedge Fund Holdings (as of September 30): $576.49 million
– Hedge Fund Holdings as Percent of Float (as of September 30): 6.00%
Of the 742 funds in our database which filed 13Fs for the September 30 reporting period, 25 were long EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT) at the end of the third quarter, down by 11 funds from a quarter earlier. One reason for the hedge fund exodus has been the rather soft natural gas prices in recent months. Although colder weather could boost prices in the near-term, some traders worry that Trump’s pro-coal stance could trim demand for natural gas. Profit taking could also be another reason for some hedge funds leaving, as shares of EQT are up by 34% year-to-date.
BP plc (ADR) (NYSE:BP)
– Number of Hedge Fund Shareholders (as of September 30): 30
– Total Value of Hedge Fund Holdings (as of September 30): $1.06 billion
– Hedge Fund Holdings as Percent of Float (as of September 30): 1.60%
A quarter of the funds in BP plc (ADR) (NYSE:BP) headed for the exits in Q3, leaving 30 funds holding positions at the end of September. While crude has nearly doubled from its February lows, the fundamentals for the commodity are still rather uncertain. If OPEC cannot iron out the supply-cut specifics at their November 30 meeting, some traders think Brent has as much as $10 per barrel downside from current levels (especially given that demand for crude is lower in winter). An uncertain crude picture makes BP’s 7% dividend less of a deal.
We’ll check out three more energy stocks that hedge funds were ditching in Q3 on the next page.