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Hedge Funds Are Buying Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY) – Sanchez Energy Corp (NYSE:SN), Forest Oil Corporation (NYSE:FST)

Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY) has seen an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently.

Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY)

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a glance at the key action surrounding Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY).

What have hedge funds been doing with Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY)?

At year’s end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 56% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly.

According to our comprehensive database, Gregg J. Powers’s Private Capital Management had the biggest position in Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY), worth close to $23 million, accounting for 2.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which held a $11 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedgies that are bullish include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Now, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, created the biggest position in Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY). Renaissance Technologies had 4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management also made a $2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new SFY positions are Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Krochuk’s GRT Capital Partners, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Mike Vranos’s Ellington.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY)?

Insider buying is most useful when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time period, Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY) has experienced 5 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 Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY). These stocks are Sanchez Energy Corp (NYSE:SN), Contango Oil & Gas Company (NYSEAMEX:MCF), Chesapeake Granite Wash Trust (NYSE:CHKR), Forest Oil Corporation (NYSE:FST), and TransGlobe Energy Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ:TGA). This group of stocks are in the independent oil & gas industry and their market caps are similar to SFY’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
Sanchez Energy Corp (NYSE:SN) 7 1 3
Contango Oil & Gas Company (NYSEAMEX:MCF) 9 3 0
Chesapeake Granite Wash Trust (NYSE:CHKR) 4 0 0
Forest Oil Corporation (NYSE:FST) 20 0 0
TransGlobe Energy Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ:TGA) 3 0 0

With the returns exhibited by our strategies, everyday investors must always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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