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Should You Avoid North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. (NADL)?

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Is North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. (NYSE:NADL) a good equity to bet on right now? We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to find the latest market-moving information.

North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. (NYSE:NADL) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. (NYSE:NADL) was in 4 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. (NYSE:NADL) positions at the end of the previous quarter. It is important to note that the shares of North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. lost 35.29% value during the third quarter, reflecting a bearish market sentiment. In order to understand more about the hedge fund sentiment, we will cover hedge funds that held stakes in North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. (NYSE:NADL), at the end of the third 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 New America High Income Fund Inc. (NYSE:HYB), Cutera, Inc. (NASDAQ:CUTR), and Garnero Group Acquisition Co (NASDAQ:GGAC) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the new action encompassing North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. (NYSE:NADL).

What have hedge funds been doing with North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. (NYSE:NADL)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 20% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Prescott Group Capital Management, managed by Phil Frohlich, holds the most valuable position in North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. (NYSE:NADL). Prescott Group Capital Management has a $3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.7% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is John Thiessen of Vertex One Asset Management, with a $1.7 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers with similar optimism contain Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Renaissance Technologies.

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