Is Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (EGLE) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ:EGLE) shareholders have witnessed a slight increase in enthusiasm from smart money of late. EGLE was in 5 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with EGLE holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare EGLE to other stocks including PICO Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PICO), Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE:DCO), and Eaton Vance Senior Income Trust (NYSE:EVF) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s review the new action encompassing Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ:EGLE).

How have hedgies been trading Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ:EGLE)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 5 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 25% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Howard Marks’ Oaktree Capital Management has the most valuable position in Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ:EGLE), worth close to $93.1 million, comprising 1.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Steven Tananbaum’s GoldenTree Asset Management, with a $35 million position; 5.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism comprise Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis’s Canyon Capital Advisors, Geoffrey Raynor’s Q Investments (Specter Holdings) and Don Morgan’s Brigade Capital.

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