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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Ring Energy Inc (REI)

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At Insider Monkey we track the activity of some of the best-performing hedge funds like Appaloosa Management, Baupost, and Third Point because we determined that some of the stocks that they are collectively bullish on can help us generate returns above the broader indices. Out of thousands of stocks that hedge funds invest in, small-caps can provide the best returns over the long term due to the fact that these companies are less efficiently priced and are usually under the radars of mass-media, analysts and dumb money. This is why we follow the smart money moves in the small-cap space.

Ring Energy Inc (NYSEMKT:REI) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. REI shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with REI positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare REI to other stocks including Hawkins, Inc. (NASDAQ:HWKN), MFS Multimarket Income Trust (NYSE:MMT), and Vocera Communications Inc (NYSE:VCRA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the fresh action regarding Ring Energy Inc (NYSEMKT:REI).

How are hedge funds trading Ring Energy Inc (NYSEMKT:REI)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, up 38% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in REI over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

REI Chart

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Marc Lisker, Glenn Fuhrman and John Phelan’s MSDC Management has the biggest position in Ring Energy Inc (NYSEMKT:REI), worth close to $28.3 million, amounting to 2.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Cannell Capital, led by J. Carlo Cannell, holding a $17.5 million position; 6.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners, Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital and Jeffrey Tannenbaum’s Fir Tree. 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.

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