Huge Year Continues For Callon Petroleum Company (CPE) And Investors Are Taking Note

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Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE) is up by nearly 7% this morning, pushing its year-to-date gains to over 82% as it continues to be one of the lone bright spots in the oil and gas exploration industry this year. The latest gains for the stock come courtesy of Turkey, which shot down a Russian jet along its border with Syria today after the fighter plane reportedly ignored warnings to leave Turkish airspace. The action drew the ire of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who deemed it a “stab in the back”. It also sent gas prices up, which has many energy stocks enjoying strong days today. In Callon Petroleum’s case, the stock has been growing in popularity among top investors of late, who are impressed by its sterling execution.

Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE) shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money of late. Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE) was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE) positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 E Commerce China Dangdang Inc (ADR) (NYSE:DANG), EPIQ Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:EPIQ), and Boot Barn Holdings Inc (NYSE:BOOT) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a glance at the recent action surrounding Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE).

How are hedge funds trading Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 50% rise from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Krochuk’s GRT Capital Partners has the most valuable position in Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE), worth close to $12.7 million, amounting to 3.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is John Labanowski’s Brenham Capital Management, with an $8.7 million position; 1.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other members of the smart money that are bullish encompass J. Carlo Cannell’s Cannell Capital, Richard Driehaus’ Driehaus Capital, and D E Shaw.

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