Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Alon USA Energy, Inc. (ALJ) Anymore

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Is it smart to be bullish on Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ)?

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What’s more, it’s important to analyze the latest info about Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ).

Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ).

How are hedge funds trading Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -6% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.

When using filings from the hedgies we track, Highbridge Capital Management, managed by Glenn Russell Dubin, holds the largest position in Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ). Highbridge Capital Management has a $10.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $8 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Because Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ) has witnessed a fall in interest from the smart money’s best and brightest, it’s safe to say that there was a specific group of funds who sold off their positions entirely at the end of the second quarter. Interestingly, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors cut the largest investment of all the hedgies we monitor, comprising an estimated $0.5 million in stock. Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Kroch’s fund, GRT Capital Partners, also dropped its stock, about $0.2 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds at the end of the second quarter.

Insider trading activity in Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ)

Insider buying is best served when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ). These stocks are Alon USA Partners LP (NYSE:ALDW), Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:EROC), Crosstex Energy Inc (NASDAQ:XTXI), NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE:NGL), and Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:FGP). This group of stocks are the members of the oil & gas refining & marketing industry and their market caps are similar to ALJ’s market cap.

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