Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Unit Corporation (UNT) Anymore: BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. (BBEP), Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp (USA) (KOG)

Unit Corporation (NYSE:UNT) was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. UNT has seen a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with UNT holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the recent action regarding Unit Corporation (NYSE:UNT).

What have hedge funds been doing with Unit Corporation (NYSE:UNT)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -18% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the biggest position in Unit Corporation (NYSE:UNT), worth close to $324 million, comprising 1.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $9 million position; the fund has 0% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

Since Unit Corporation (NYSE:UNT) has experienced bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there were a few fund managers that slashed their positions entirely last quarter. Intriguingly, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital said goodbye to the biggest stake of all the hedgies we monitor, worth an estimated $3 million in stock., and Israel Englander of Millennium Management was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $2 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds last quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Unit Corporation (NYSE:UNT)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, Unit Corporation (NYSE:UNT) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Unit Corporation (NYSE:UNT). These stocks are BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. (NASDAQ:BBEP), Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp (USA) (NYSE:KOG), Ocean Rig UDW Inc (NASDAQ:ORIG), EV Energy Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:EVEP), and Pacific Drilling SA (NYSE:PACD). This group of stocks belong to the oil & gas drilling & exploration industry and their market caps match UNT’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. (NASDAQ:BBEP) 5 0 3
Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp (USA) (NYSE:KOG) 17 0 6
Ocean Rig UDW Inc (NASDAQ:ORIG) 5 0 0
EV Energy Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:EVEP) 3 0 0
Pacific Drilling SA (NYSE:PACD) 10 0 0

With the results shown by the aforementioned studies, retail investors must always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Unit Corporation (NYSE:UNT) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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