Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NOG)

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Is Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:NOG) a great investment right now? Hedge funds are selling. The number of bullish hedge fund positions shrunk by 1 lately.

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Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:NOG)

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the key action regarding Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:NOG).

What does the smart money think about Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:NOG)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -13% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the most valuable position in Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:NOG). Citadel Investment Group has a $3.8 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Highbridge Capital Management, managed by Glenn Russell Dubin, which held a $3.5 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Since Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:NOG) has witnessed bearish sentiment from hedge fund managers, we can see that there was a specific group of fund managers that slashed their full holdings in Q1. Intriguingly, Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management dumped the largest position of the 450+ funds we track, comprising an estimated $8.1 million in stock., and Dmitry Balyasny of Balyasny Asset Management was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $2.9 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds in Q1.

What have insiders been doing with Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:NOG)?

Insider buying is most useful when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time period, Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:NOG) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:NOG). These stocks are W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:WTI), Bill Barrett Corporation (NYSE:BBG), Approach Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:AREX), Pioneer Southwest Energy Partners L.P. (NYSE:PSE), and Rex Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:REXX). This group of stocks belong to the oil & gas drilling & exploration industry and their market caps match NOG’s market cap.

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