Is Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ) a buy right now? Investors who are in the know are in an optimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions inched up by 1 lately.
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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a gander at the recent action surrounding Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ).
Hedge fund activity in Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ)
In preparation for this year, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 9% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully.
According to our comprehensive database, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies had the largest position in Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ), worth close to $13.3 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by D. E. Shaw of D E Shaw, with a $11.4 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital.
As one would reasonably expect, some big names have jumped into Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ) headfirst. Gotham Asset Management, managed by Joel Greenblatt, established the most outsized position in Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ). Gotham Asset Management had 2.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital also initiated a $0.6 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new ALJ position is Mike Vranos’s Ellington.
Insider trading activity in Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ)
Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time frame, Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ). These stocks are Alon USA Partners LP (NYSE:ALDW), Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:EROC), Crosstex Energy Inc (NASDAQ:XTXI), NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE:NGL), and Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:FGP). This group of stocks belong to the oil & gas refining & marketing industry and their market caps match ALJ’s market cap.