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Here is What Hedge Funds and Insiders Think About PDC Energy Inc (PDCE)

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Should PDC Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PDCE) investors track the following data?

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Now that that’s out of the way, we’re going to examine the latest info surrounding PDC Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PDCE).

What have hedge funds been doing with PDC Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PDCE)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 19 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

PDC Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PDCE)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group had the largest position in PDC Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PDCE), worth close to $114.5 million, accounting for 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson of Adage Capital Management, with a $46.9 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include Sean Cullinan’s Point State Capital, John Murphy’s Alydar Capital and Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital.

Because PDC Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PDCE) has witnessed a fall in interest from upper-tier hedge fund managers, we can see that there were a few money managers that elected to cut their positions entirely heading into Q2. At the top of the heap, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors dropped the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we track, totaling an estimated $2.2 million in stock. David Costen Haley’s fund, HBK Investments, also dumped its stock, about $0.9 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How are insiders trading PDC Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PDCE)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, PDC Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PDCE) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to PDC Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PDCE). These stocks are Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. (NYSE:EEQ), Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (NYSEAMEX:GTE), Crosstex Energy, L.P. (NASDAQ:XTEX), EXCO Resources Inc (NYSE:XCO), and Bonanza Creek Energy Inc (NYSE:BCEI). This group of stocks are the members of the independent oil & gas industry and their market caps are similar to PDCE’s market cap.

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