Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (GTE)

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Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (NYSE:GTE) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the first quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of March. At the end of this article we will also compare GTE to other stocks including ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:ACCO), Extreme Networks, Inc (NASDAQ:EXTR), and Continental Building Products Inc (NYSE:CBPX) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Let’s go over the recent hedge fund action surrounding Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (NYSE:GTE).

How have hedgies been trading Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (NYSE:GTE)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in GTE over the last 15 quarters. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with GTE Positions

The largest stake in Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (NYSE:GTE) was held by GMT Capital, which reported holding $167.5 million worth of stock at the end of March. It was followed by Luminus Management with a $53 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Moerus Capital Management, Renaissance Technologies, and Arrowstreet Capital.

Since Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (NYSE:GTE) has faced a decline in interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of funds that slashed their positions entirely by the end of the third quarter. Interestingly, David Halpert’s Prince Street Capital Management sold off the largest stake of the 700 funds watched by Insider Monkey, comprising close to $6.6 million in stock. Richard Driehaus’s fund, Driehaus Capital, also said goodbye to its stock, about $0.6 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (NYSE:GTE). These stocks are ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:ACCO), Extreme Networks, Inc (NASDAQ:EXTR), Continental Building Products Inc (NYSE:CBPX), and Mr. Cooper Group Inc. (NASDAQ:COOP). This group of stocks’ market valuations are closest to GTE’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
ACCO 18 49974 -3
EXTR 20 97339 0
CBPX 20 87312 4
COOP 27 310225 -1
Average 21.25 136213 0

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 21.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $136 million. That figure was $269 million in GTE’s case. Mr. Cooper Group Inc. (NASDAQ:COOP) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:ACCO) is the least popular one with only 18 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (NYSE:GTE) is even less popular than ACCO. Hedge funds dodged a bullet by taking a bearish stance towards GTE. Our calculations showed that the top 20 most popular hedge fund stocks returned 6.2% in Q2 through June 19th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by nearly 3 percentage points. Unfortunately GTE wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was very bearish); GTE investors were disappointed as the stock returned -25.1% during the same time frame and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in the second quarter.

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