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Is Baytex Energy Corp (USA) (BTE) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.

Baytex Energy Corp (USA) (NYSE:BTE) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest lately. BTE was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with BTE holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as SJW Corp. (NYSE:SJW), 51job, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:JOBS), and Argan, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:AGX) to gather more data points.

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How have hedgies been trading Baytex Energy Corp (USA) (NYSE:BTE)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up by 43% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in BTE over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, holds the most valuable position in Baytex Energy Corp (USA) (NYSE:BTE). D E Shaw has a $9 million position in the stock. On D E Shaw’s heels is Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, which holds a $4.9 million position. Some other peers with similar optimism include Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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