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Is Willbros Group Inc (NYSE:WG) going to take off soon? The best stock pickers are indeed reducing their bets on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings suffered a reduction of 3 in recent months. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with WG positions at the end of the 2016 third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare WG to other stocks including Stonegate Mortageg Corp (NYSE:SGM), Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE:SB), and Prudential Bancorp, Inc. of PA (NASDAQ:PBIP) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action regarding Willbros Group Inc (NYSE:WG).
How are hedge funds trading Willbros Group Inc (NYSE:WG)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 30% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards WG over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Jeffrey Gendell’s Tontine Asset Management has the biggest position in Willbros Group Inc (NYSE:WG), worth close to $6.5 million, amounting to 1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $2.4 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that are bullish consist of Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Paul Tudor Jones’ Tudor Investment Corp. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.