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Is Superior Energy Services, Inc. (SPN) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.

Is Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:SPN) a buy, sell, or hold? The best stock pickers are actually actually turning less bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund positions went down by 2 lately. SPN was in 25 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 27 hedge funds in our database with SPN positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SPN to other stocks including InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDCC), Graham Holdings Co (NYSE:GHC), and LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE:LHO) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:SPN)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 7% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in SPN over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Pzena Investment Management, led by Richard S. Pzena, holds the number one position in Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:SPN). Pzena Investment Management has a $71.9 million position in the stock. The second most bullish fund manager is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies holding a $62.2 million position. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions consist of Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, T Boone Pickens’ BP Capital and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. We should note that BP Capital is 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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