Hedge Funds Are Dumping Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR)

Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR)Is Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR) ready to raly soon? Investors who are in the know are becoming less confident. The number of long hedge fund bets were trimmed by 2 recently.

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Consequently, let’s take a look at the latest action encompassing Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR).

Hedge fund activity in Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR)

At year’s end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -11% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Scoggin, managed by Curtis Schenker and Craig Effron, holds the largest position in Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR). Scoggin has a $12 million position in the stock, comprising 0.8% of its 13F portfolio. On Scoggin’s heels is Glenn J. Krevlin of Glenhill Advisors, with a $7 million position; the fund has 1.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that hold long positions include Nick Niell’s Arrowgrass Capital Partners, Andrew Wallach’s Cumberland Associates and Wayne Cooperman’s Cobalt Capital Management.

Seeing as Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR) has faced bearish sentiment from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few money managers that slashed their full holdings in Q4. Intriguingly, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital cut the biggest stake of all the hedgies we track, comprising about $0 million in stock.. Richard Schimel’s fund, Diamondback Capital, also dropped its call options., about $0 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds in Q4.

How are insiders trading Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR)?

Insider buying is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time period, Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results shown by our research, retail investors should always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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