Hedge Funds Are Dumping Endeavour International Corporation (END)

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Endeavour International Corporation (NYSE:END) has seen a decrease in hedge fund interest recently.

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Consequently, let’s take a look at the recent action regarding Endeavour International Corporation (NYSE:END).

How are hedge funds trading Endeavour International Corporation (NYSE:END)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly.

Endeavour International Corporation (NYSE:END)Of the funds we track, Michael Johnston’s Steelhead Partners had the largest position in Endeavour International Corporation (NYSE:END), worth close to $18.7 million, accounting for 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Thomas E. Claugus of GMT Capital, with a $10.6 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

Because Endeavour International Corporation (NYSE:END) has faced bearish sentiment from hedge fund managers, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of hedge funds who sold off their full holdings last quarter. Interestingly, Jeffrey Bersh and Michael Wartell’s Venor Capital Management dropped the largest investment of all the hedgies we key on, worth close to $3.2 million in call options, and Jon Bauer of Contrarian Capital was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $0.9 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).

What have insiders been doing with Endeavour International Corporation (NYSE:END)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time frame, Endeavour International Corporation (NYSE:END) has seen 3 unique insiders purchasing, 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 Endeavour International Corporation (NYSE:END). These stocks are Miller Energy Resources Inc (NYSE:MILL), Crimson Exploration Inc. (NASDAQ:CXPO), Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE), Equal Energy Ltd. (USA) (NYSE:EQU), and Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR). This group of stocks are the members of the independent oil & gas industry and their market caps are similar to END’s market cap.

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