Many investors, including Paul Tudor Jones or Stan Druckenmiller, have been saying for a while now that the current market is overvalued due to a low interest rate environment that leads to companies swapping their equity for debt and focusing mostly on short-term performance such as beating the quarterly earnings estimates. In the fourth quarter, many investors lost money due to unpredictable events such as the sudden increase in long-term interest rates and unintended consequences of the trade war with China. Nevertheless, many of the stocks that tanked in the third quarter still sport strong fundamentals and their decline was more related to the general market sentiment rather than their individual performance and hedge funds kept their bullish stance. In this article we will find out how hedge fund sentiment to EOG Resources Inc (NYSE:EOG) changed recently.
EOG Resources Inc (NYSE:EOG) was in 37 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. EOG shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. There were 30 hedge funds in our database with EOG positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that eog isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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We’re going to check out the latest hedge fund action encompassing EOG Resources Inc (NYSE:EOG).
Hedge fund activity in EOG Resources Inc (NYSE:EOG)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 37 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 23% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 39 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in EOG heading into this year. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were adding to their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
The largest stake in EOG Resources Inc (NYSE:EOG) was held by Millennium Management, which reported holding $154.8 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by D E Shaw with a $125.5 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Arrowstreet Capital, Renaissance Technologies, and AQR Capital Management.
As one would reasonably expect, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, established the largest position in EOG Resources Inc (NYSE:EOG). Renaissance Technologies had $79.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors also initiated a $40.3 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Ken Heebner’s Capital Growth Management, Jeffrey Talpins’s Element Capital Management, and Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments.
Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as EOG Resources Inc (NYSE:EOG) but similarly valued. We will take a look at The Bank of Nova Scotia (NYSE:BNS), Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), Ambev SA (NYSE:ABEV), and Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM). This group of stocks’ market values are similar to EOG’s market value.
|Ticker||No of HFs with positions||Total Value of HF Positions (x1000)||Change in HF Position|
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 30.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2.18 billion. That figure was $952 million in EOG’s case. Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand The Bank of Nova Scotia (NYSE:BNS) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. EOG Resources Inc (NYSE:EOG) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard ANTM might be a better candidate to consider a long position.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.