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Should You Buy PDC Energy Inc (PDCE)?

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those elite funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze PDC Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PDCE) from the perspective of those elite funds.

PDC Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PDCE) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. PDCE was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with PDCE positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare PDCE to other stocks including LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE:LHO), Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT), and Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to check out the recent action surrounding PDC Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PDCE).

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

At Q3’s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a boost of 29% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Alyeska Investment Group, managed by Anand Parekh, holds the most valuable position in PDC Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PDCE). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $64.5 million position in the stock, comprising 0.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by D E Shaw, managed by David E. Shaw, which holds a $31.5 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism include Jonathon Jacobson’s Highfields Capital Management, Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.

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