Is Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO) a first-rate investment now? The smart money is taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund positions improved by 3 recently.
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Now, let’s take a gander at the recent action surrounding Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO).
How are hedge funds trading Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO)?
Heading into Q2, a total of 19 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 19% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.
Of the funds we track, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw had the biggest position in Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO), worth close to $33.1 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, which held a $29.4 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.
As aggregate interest increased, key money managers have jumped into Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO) headfirst. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, established the biggest position in Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO). Renaissance Technologies had 11.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Eric Sprott’s Sprott Asset Management also initiated a $0.7 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new HERO positions are Mark Rachesky’s MHR Fund Management, Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.
How are insiders trading Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO)?
Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time frame, Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 1 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 Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO). These stocks are Bill Barrett Corporation (NYSE:BBG), W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:WTI), Crestwood Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:CMLP), Key Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:KEG), and Seadrill Partners LLC (NYSE:SDLP). All of these stocks are in the oil & gas drilling & exploration industry and their market caps are closest to HERO’s market cap.