Is Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DK) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DK)Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DK) was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. DK investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with DK holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Consequently, it’s important to take a glance at the latest action regarding Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DK).

How have hedgies been trading Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DK)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 78% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies had the largest position in Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DK), worth close to $41 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is Steadfast Capital Management, managed by Robert Pitts, which held a $9 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that hold long positions include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Andrew Sandler’s Sandler Capital Management.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Steadfast Capital Management, managed by Robert Pitts, assembled the most outsized position in Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DK). Steadfast Capital Management had 9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Andrew Sandler’s Sandler Capital Management also initiated a $5 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new DK positions are D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DK)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time frame, Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DK) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 9 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns shown by Insider Monkey’s time-tested strategies, retail investors should always monitor hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DK) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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