Many investors, including Carl Icahn or Stan Druckenmiller, have been saying for a while now that the current market is overvalued due to a low interest rate environment that leads to companies swapping their equity for debt and focusing mostly on short-term performance such as beating the quarterly earnings estimates. In the third quarter, many investors lost money due to unpredictable events such as the concerns over Valeant’s drug pricing policy that led to an overall drop among pharma stocks. Nevertheless, many of the stocks that tanked in the third quarter still sport strong fundamentals and their decline was more related to the general market sentiment rather than their individual performance and hedge funds kept their bullish stance. In this article we will find out how hedge fund sentiment to Gastar Exploration Limited (USA) (NYSEMKT:GST) changed recently.
Gastar Exploration Limited (USA) (NYSEMKT:GST) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund interest recently. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity, but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as GSI Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSIT), and Symmetry Surgical Inc (NASDAQ:SSRG) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s view the fresh action encompassing Gastar Exploration Limited (USA) (NYSEMKT:GST).
How have hedgies been trading Gastar Exploration Limited (USA) (NYSEMKT:GST)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a decrease of 33% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management has the largest position in Gastar Exploration Limited (USA) (NYSEMKT:GST), worth close to $1.8 million, corresponding to less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Millennium Management’s heels is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which holds a $0.7 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism contain Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Krochuk’s GRT Capital Partners, Chao Ku’s Nine Chapters Capital Management, and D E Shaw.