Hedge Funds Are Dumping Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK) – Golar LNG Limited (USA) (NASDAQ:GLNG), Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (NYSE:TGP)

Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund interest of late.

Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK)

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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a glance at the key action encompassing Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK).

What have hedge funds been doing with Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Eton Park Capital, managed by Eric Mindich, holds the largest position in Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK). Eton Park Capital has a $161 million call position in the stock, comprising 3.3% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser of Magnetar Capital, with a $100 million position; 1.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Christian Leone’s Luxor Capital Group, Jacob Doft’s Highline Capital Management and Barry Rosenstein’s JANA Partners.

Due to the fact that Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK) has experienced a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, it’s easy to see that there were a few hedge funds that elected to cut their full holdings at the end of the year. It’s worth mentioning that Douglas Hirsch’s Seneca Capital said goodbye to the biggest position of the 450+ funds we track, worth an estimated $10 million in stock.. Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s fund, Arrowstreet Capital, also dumped its stock, about $0 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How are insiders trading Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is most useful when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time period, Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK) has experienced zero 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 Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK). These stocks are Golar LNG Partners LP (NASDAQ:GMLP), Golar LNG Limited (USA) (NASDAQ:GLNG), Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (NYSE:TGP), Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (NYSE:TOO), and Tidewater Inc. (NYSE:TDW). This group of stocks belong to the shipping industry and their market caps resemble TK’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
Golar LNG Partners LP (NASDAQ:GMLP) 6 0 0
Golar LNG Limited (USA) (NASDAQ:GLNG) 21 0 0
Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (NYSE:TGP) 5 0 0
Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (NYSE:TOO) 4 0 0
Tidewater Inc. (NYSE:TDW) 12 0 4

With the returns shown by Insider Monkey’s strategies, everyday investors should always pay attention to hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK) is no exception.

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