Synergy Resources Corp (NYSEAMEX:SYRG) investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months.
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Consequently, let’s take a peek at the recent action surrounding Synergy Resources Corp (NYSEAMEX:SYRG).
Hedge fund activity in Synergy Resources Corp (NYSEAMEX:SYRG)
Heading into 2013, a total of 4 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 33% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.
As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, created the most outsized position in Synergy Resources Corp (NYSEAMEX:SYRG). Renaissance Technologies had 0.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital also initiated a $0.1 million position during the quarter.
How are insiders trading Synergy Resources Corp (NYSEAMEX:SYRG)?
Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time period, Synergy Resources Corp (NYSEAMEX:SYRG) has seen 2 unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Synergy Resources Corp (NYSEAMEX:SYRG). These stocks are Basic Energy Services, Inc (NYSE:BAS), Tesco Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ:TESO), Willbros Group Inc (NYSE:WG), and WSP Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE:WH). This group of stocks are the members of the oil & gas equipment & services industry and their market caps are similar to SYRG’s market cap.