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What Do Hedge Funds Think of Energen Corporation (EGN)?

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The elite funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Energen Corporation (NYSE:EGN) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Is Energen Corporation (NYSE:EGN) a first-rate investment today? Money managers are taking a pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions shrunk by 9 in recent months. 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 MAXIMUS, Inc. (NYSE:MMS), Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:BIO), and Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LECO) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a glance at the fresh action surrounding Energen Corporation (NYSE:EGN).

How have hedgies been trading Energen Corporation (NYSE:EGN)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -30% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management has the largest position in Energen Corporation (NYSE:EGN), worth close to $164.9 million, accounting for 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is George Soros of Soros Fund Management, with a $49 million position; 0.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism include Rob Citrone’s Discovery Capital Management, Todd J. Kantor’s Encompass Capital Advisors and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management.

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