Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (HNR) Anymore

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Is Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR) a good investment?

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Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR)

What’s more, let’s analyze the recent info about Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR).

How are hedge funds trading Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -18% 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 upping their stakes significantly.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, Glenhill Advisors, managed by Glenn J. Krevlin, holds the most valuable position in Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR). Glenhill Advisors has a $8.6 million position in the stock, comprising 1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Scoggin, managed by Curtis Schenker and Craig Effron, which held a $4 million position; the fund has 0.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers with similar optimism include Howard Guberman’s Gruss Asset Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Andrew Wallach’s Cumberland Associates.

Judging by the fact that Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR) has faced bearish sentiment from upper-tier hedge fund managers, it’s easy to see that there lies a certain “tier” of money managers who were dropping their full holdings heading into Q2. At the top of the heap, Wayne Cooperman’s Cobalt Capital Management sold off the largest position of the 450+ funds we watch, totaling an estimated $1.1 million in stock. Paul Tudor Jones’s fund, Tudor Investment Corp, also dumped its stock, about $0.7 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest fell by 3 funds heading into Q2.

How are insiders trading Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll check out the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:HNR). These stocks are Gastar Exploration Limited (USA) (NYSEAMEX:GST), Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE), Crimson Exploration Inc. (NASDAQ:CXPO), Equal Energy Ltd. (USA) (NYSE:EQU), and Endeavour International Corporation (NYSE:END). This group of stocks belong to the independent oil & gas industry and their market caps are closest to HNR’s market cap.

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