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Swift Energy Company (SFY): Hedge Fund and Insider Sentiment Unchanged, What Should You Do?

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Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY)

What’s more, it’s important to examine the recent info about Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY).

What have hedge funds been doing with Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, Private Capital Management, managed by Gregg J. Powers, holds the biggest position in Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY). Private Capital Management has a $25.6 million position in the stock, comprising 2.4% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Israel Englander of Millennium Management, with a $8.6 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedgies that are bullish include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Mark Travis’s Intrepid Capital Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

What have insiders been doing with Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY)?

Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time frame, Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Swift Energy Company (NYSE:SFY). These stocks are Sanchez Energy Corp (NYSE:SN), Contango Oil & Gas Company (NYSEAMEX:MCF), Chesapeake Granite Wash Trust (NYSE:CHKR), Forest Oil Corporation (NYSE:FST), and TransGlobe Energy Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ:TGA). This group of stocks are in the independent oil & gas industry and their market caps are similar to SFY’s market cap.

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