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Parsley Energy Inc (NYSE:PE) was in 36 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of December. PE shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund interest of late. There were 44 hedge funds in our database with PE positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that PE isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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We’re going to analyze the new hedge fund action regarding Parsley Energy Inc (NYSE:PE).
What does the smart money think about Parsley Energy Inc (NYSE:PE)?
At Q4’s end, a total of 36 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -18% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards PE over the last 14 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, Adage Capital Management was the largest shareholder of Parsley Energy Inc (NYSE:PE), with a stake worth $155.9 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Adage Capital Management was Renaissance Technologies, which amassed a stake valued at $73.7 million. Luminus Management, Point72 Asset Management, and Zimmer Partners were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.
Judging by the fact that Parsley Energy Inc (NYSE:PE) has witnessed a decline in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of hedge funds who were dropping their entire stakes by the end of the third quarter. At the top of the heap, Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global dropped the largest position of all the hedgies monitored by Insider Monkey, comprising about $486.1 million in stock, and Zach Schreiber’s Point State Capital was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $137.4 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 8 funds by the end of the third quarter.
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Parsley Energy Inc (NYSE:PE) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Farfetch Limited (NYSE:FTCH), Moderna, Inc. (NASDAQ:MRNA), The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTD), and Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE:RS). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble PE’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 17.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $233 million. That figure was $663 million in PE’s case. Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE:RS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTD) is the least popular one with only 16 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Parsley Energy Inc (NYSE:PE) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds returned 24.2% through April 22nd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 7 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on PE as the stock returned 36.2% and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were clearly right about piling into this stock.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.