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Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (COG)?

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Is Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG) the right pick for your portfolio? Money managers are betting on the stock. The number of long hedge fund bets advanced by 3 recently.

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a look at the key action regarding Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG).

Hedge fund activity in Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG)

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 35 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 9% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully.

Cabot Oil and Gas (COG)According to our comprehensive database, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the most valuable position in Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG). Citadel Investment Group has a $269.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.4% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Sean Cullinan of Point State Capital, with a $107.4 million position; the fund has 1.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors, Dan Loeb’s Third Point and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Third Point, managed by Dan Loeb, assembled the most valuable position in Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG). Third Point had 84.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Stanley Druckenmiller’s Duquesne Capital also initiated a $25.8 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new COG investors: Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC, George Soros’s Soros Fund Management, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

How are insiders trading Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG)?

Insider buying is most useful when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time period, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG). These stocks are Talisman Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE:TLM), Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN), Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC), and Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK). All of these stocks are in the independent oil & gas industry and their market caps match COG’s market cap.

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