Hedge funds run by legendary names like Nelson Peltz and David Tepper make billions of dollars a year for themselves and their super-rich accredited investors (you’ve got to have a minimum of $1 million liquid to invest in a hedge fund) by spending enormous resources on analyzing and uncovering data about small-cap stocks that the big brokerage houses don’t follow. Small caps are where they can generate significant out-performance. That’s why we pay special attention to hedge fund activity in these stocks.
Is Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE:SGY) a great investment today? Investors who are in the know are taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund positions moved up by 2 in recent months. SGY was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with SGY holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SGY to other stocks, including Sonus Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:SONS), Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ:SVA), and United Insurance Holdings Corp.(NDA) (NASDAQ:UIHC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to analyze the new action encompassing Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE:SGY).
What have hedge funds been doing with Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE:SGY)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 15% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, PAR Capital Management, managed by Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro, holds the number one position in Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE:SGY). PAR Capital Management has a $5 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions contain Richard Mashaal’s Rima Senvest Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies.