Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Cal Dive International, Inc. (DVR)?

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Cal Dive International, Inc. (NYSE:DVR) was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. DVR has seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with DVR holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Now, we’re going to take a peek at the recent action encompassing Cal Dive International, Inc. (NYSE:DVR).

How have hedgies been trading Cal Dive International, Inc. (NYSE:DVR)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly.

Cal Dive International, Inc. (NYSE:DVR)According to our comprehensive database, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the biggest position in Cal Dive International, Inc. (NYSE:DVR). Royce & Associates has a $4 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $1.4 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Jon Bauer’s Contrarian Capital and David Cohen and Harold Levy’s Iridian Asset Management.

Seeing as Cal Dive International, Inc. (NYSE:DVR) has witnessed a declination in interest from the smart money, it’s easy to see that there exists a select few hedgies that decided to sell off their positions entirely heading into Q2. It’s worth mentioning that Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital dumped the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, valued at close to $0.2 million in stock.. Cliff Asness’s fund, AQR Capital Management, also cut its stock, about $0 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Insider trading activity in Cal Dive International, Inc. (NYSE:DVR)

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, Cal Dive International, Inc. (NYSE:DVR) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Cal Dive International, Inc. (NYSE:DVR). These stocks are Dawson Geophysical Company (NASDAQ:DWSN), Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:NGS), TGC Industries Inc (NASDAQ:TGE), and North American Energy Partners Inc.(USA) (NYSE:NOA). This group of stocks are in the oil & gas equipment & services industry and their market caps resemble DVR’s market cap.

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