Precision Drilling Corp (USA) (NYSE:PDS) was in 13 hedge funds' portfolio at the end of December. PDS investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with PDS positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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With these "truths" under our belt, we're going to take a look at the key action surrounding Precision Drilling Corp (USA) (NYSE:PDS).
At year's end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 18% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies' sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.
When looking at the hedgies we track, Tetrem Capital Management, managed by Daniel Bubis, holds the largest position in Precision Drilling Corp (USA) (NYSE:PDS). Tetrem Capital Management has a $57 million position in the stock, comprising 1.7% of its 13F portfolio. On Tetrem Capital Management's heels is Third Avenue Management, managed by Martin Whitman, which held a $27.3 million position; 0.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors, Israel Englander's Millennium Management and Chuck Royce's Royce & Associates.
Consequently, some big names were breaking ground themselves. SAC Capital Advisors, managed by Steven Cohen, established the most valuable position in Precision Drilling Corp (USA) (NYSE:PDS). SAC Capital Advisors had 9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold's LMR Partners also initiated a $3.4 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are SAC Subsidiary's CR Intrinsic Investors, John Overdeck and David Siegel's Two Sigma Advisors, and D. E. Shaw's D E Shaw.
Insider trading activity, especially when it's bullish, is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, Precision Drilling Corp (USA) (NYSE:PDS) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let's also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Precision Drilling Corp (USA) (NYSE:PDS). These stocks are CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE:CRR), Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited (NASDAQ:EXXI), Lufkin Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LUFK), Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. (NYSE:HLX), and Forum Energy Technologies Inc (NYSE:FET). This group of stocks are the members of the oil & gas equipment & services industry and their market caps match PDS's market cap.