Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited (NASDAQ:EXXI) was in 25 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. EXXI investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with EXXI positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a gander at the recent action regarding Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited (NASDAQ:EXXI).
How are hedge funds trading Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited (NASDAQ:EXXI)?
In preparation for this quarter, a total of 25 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 9% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly.
According to our comprehensive database, Mark McGoldrick and Jason Maynard’s Mouth Kellett Capital Management had the most valuable position in Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited (NASDAQ:EXXI), worth close to $161.2 million, accounting for 21% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by SAC Capital Advisors, managed by Steven Cohen, which held a $79.7 million position; 0.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors, Malcolm Fairbairn’s Ascend Capital and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.
Consequently, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Ascend Capital, managed by Malcolm Fairbairn, assembled the most outsized position in Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited (NASDAQ:EXXI). Ascend Capital had 35.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Tom Wagner and Ara Cohen’s Knighthead Capital also initiated a $17.3 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management, and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management.
How have insiders been trading Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited (NASDAQ:EXXI)?
Insider buying is most useful when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time period, Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited (NASDAQ:EXXI) has seen 6 unique insiders buying, 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 Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited (NASDAQ:EXXI). These stocks are Forum Energy Technologies Inc (NYSE:FET), Precision Drilling Corp (USA) (NYSE:PDS), Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. (NYSE:HLX), Lufkin Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LUFK), and CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE:CRR). This group of stocks are in the oil & gas equipment & services industry and their market caps resemble EXXI’s market cap.