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Should You Follow the Smart Money Back Into Oil States International, Inc. (OIS)?

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At Insider Monkey we track the activity of some of the best-performing hedge funds like Appaloosa Management, Baupost, and Third Point because we determined that some of the stocks that they are collectively bullish on can help us generate returns above the broader indices. Out of thousands of stocks that hedge funds invest in, small-caps can provide the best returns over the long term due to the fact that these companies are less efficiently priced and are usually under the radars of mass-media, analysts and dumb money. This is why we follow the smart money moves in the small-cap space.

Oil States International, Inc. (NYSE:OIS) was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. OIS has seen an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with OIS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare OIS to other stocks including Federal-Mogul Corporation (NASDAQ:FDML), Halyard Health Inc (NYSE:HYH), and Stillwater Mining Company (NYSE:SWC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Oil States International, Inc. (NYSE:OIS)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 50% jump from the previous quarter. By comparison, 18 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in OIS heading into this year, so positions are flat in 2016 through the end of September. So, let’s find out 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, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management has the number one position in Oil States International, Inc. (NYSE:OIS), worth close to $22.2 million. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Point72 Asset Management, led by Steve Cohen, which holds a $9.9 million position. Other members of the smart money that are bullish contain Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Vince Maddi and Shawn Brennan’s SIR Capital Management. We should note that SIR Capital Management 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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