Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About RPC, Inc. (RES) Anymore

How do we determine whether RPC, Inc. (NYSE:RES) makes for a good investment at the moment? We analyze the sentiment of a select group of the very best investors in the world, who spend immense amounts of time and resources studying companies. They may not always be right (no one is), but data shows that their consensus long positions have historically outperformed the market when we adjust for known risk factors.

RPC, Inc. (NYSE:RES) was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. RES shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with RES positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that res isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We’re going to take a gander at the new hedge fund action regarding RPC, Inc. (NYSE:RES).

How have hedgies been trading RPC, Inc. (NYSE:RES)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -21% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in RES over the last 13 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with RES Positions

Among these funds, AQR Capital Management held the most valuable stake in RPC, Inc. (NYSE:RES), which was worth $46.8 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was GAMCO Investors which amassed $39 million worth of shares. Moreover, Royce & Associates, Gotham Asset Management, and Fisher Asset Management were also bullish on RPC, Inc. (NYSE:RES), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

Seeing as RPC, Inc. (NYSE:RES) has faced bearish sentiment from the smart money, we can see that there is a sect of hedge funds that slashed their positions entirely by the end of the third quarter. At the top of the heap, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management sold off the largest position of all the hedgies followed by Insider Monkey, comprising an estimated $3.2 million in stock. Phil Frohlich’s fund, Prescott Group Capital Management, also dropped its stock, about $2.4 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 4 funds by the end of the third quarter.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as RPC, Inc. (NYSE:RES) but similarly valued. These stocks are Avista Corp (NYSE:AVA), Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE:BOH), Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:HEP), and KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. (NYSE:KS). This group of stocks’ market caps resemble RES’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
AVA 17 481402 2
BOH 12 85295 1
HEP 3 4584 0
KS 21 489664 -2
Average 13.25 265236 0.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 13.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $265 million. That figure was $154 million in RES’s case. KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. (NYSE:KS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:HEP) is the least popular one with only 3 bullish hedge fund positions. RPC, Inc. (NYSE:RES) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard KS might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.