Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Dril-Quip, Inc. (DRQ) Anymore

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Is Dril-Quip, Inc. (NYSE:DRQ) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Money managers are turning less bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets went down by 1 recently.

Dril-Quip, Inc. (NYSE:DRQ)

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Now, it’s important to take a gander at the key action encompassing Dril-Quip, Inc. (NYSE:DRQ).

What does the smart money think about Dril-Quip, Inc. (NYSE:DRQ)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -11% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management had the most valuable position in Dril-Quip, Inc. (NYSE:DRQ), worth close to $28.2 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Vinik Asset Management, managed by Jeffrey Vinik, which held a $22.3 million position; 0.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Due to the fact that Dril-Quip, Inc. (NYSE:DRQ) has witnessed declining sentiment from the smart money, logic holds that there exists a select few hedgies that slashed their positions entirely heading into 2013. It’s worth mentioning that Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management dropped the biggest stake of all the hedgies we watch, totaling an estimated $0.5 million in stock., and Paul Tudor Jones of Tudor Investment Corp was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $0.5 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds heading into 2013.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Dril-Quip, Inc. (NYSE:DRQ)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time period, Dril-Quip, Inc. (NYSE:DRQ) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Dril-Quip, Inc. (NYSE:DRQ). These stocks are Forum Energy Technologies Inc (NYSE:FET), MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE:MDU), Oil States International, Inc. (NYSE:OIS), Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:SPN), and RPC, Inc. (NYSE:RES). This group of stocks are the members of the oil & gas equipment & services industry and their market caps match DRQ’s market cap.

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