Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest lately.

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Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI)

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Now, let’s take a peek at the key action encompassing Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI).

What have hedge funds been doing with Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 29 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -3% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management had the most valuable position in Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI), worth close to $307 million billion, comprising 2.5% of its total 13F portfolio. On Pzena Investment Management’s heels is Greenhaven Associates, managed by Edgar Wachenheim, which held a $287 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Charles de Vaulx’s International Value Advisers, Kerr Neilson’s Platinum Asset Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Because Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI) has faced bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of hedge funds who were dropping their entire stakes at the end of the year. It’s worth mentioning that Jason Capello’s Merchants’ Gate Capital sold off the biggest position of all the hedgies we monitor, totaling an estimated $110 million in stock.. Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s fund, First Pacific Advisors LLC, also cut its stock, about $41 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds at the end of the year.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time period, Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns exhibited by the aforementioned strategies, retail investors must always monitor hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI) applies perfectly to this mantra.

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