Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Rosetta Resources Inc. (ROSE)

Rosetta Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:ROSE) investors should pay attention to an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late.

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a gander at the recent action surrounding Rosetta Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:ROSE).

How are hedge funds trading Rosetta Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:ROSE)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 18 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 20% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially.

According to our comprehensive database, Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC had the largest position in Rosetta Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:ROSE), worth close to $113.1 million, comprising 1.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $33.4 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that are bullish include Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

As aggregate interest increased, some big names have jumped into Rosetta Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:ROSE) headfirst. First Pacific Advisors LLC, managed by Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick, initiated the largest position in Rosetta Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:ROSE). First Pacific Advisors LLC had 113.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC also initiated a $28.7 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new ROSE investors: Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital, Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management, and John Zaro’s Bourgeon Capital.

What have insiders been doing with Rosetta Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:ROSE)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, Rosetta Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:ROSE) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Rosetta Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:ROSE). These stocks are Ultra Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:UPL), Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE:NFX), Mcmoran Exploration Co (NYSE:MMR), Laredo Petroleum Holdings Inc (NYSE:LPI), and Berry Petroleum Company (NYSE:BRY). This group of stocks belong to the independent oil & gas industry and their market caps are similar to ROSE’s market cap.