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Is Forum Energy Technologies Inc (FET) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Forum Energy Technologies Inc (NYSE:FET) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Forum Energy Technologies Inc (NYSE:FET) saw an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers last quarter. There were 16 funds in our database bullish on Forum Energy Technologies at the end of September, compared to 13 funds a quarter earlier. At the end of this article we will also compare FET to other stocks including Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE:HMY), Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:AGII), and Ebix Inc (NASDAQ:EBIX) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s view the latest action surrounding Forum Energy Technologies Inc (NYSE:FET).

How have hedgies been trading Forum Energy Technologies Inc (NYSE:FET)?

At the end of September, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up by 23% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 12 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in FET heading into this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group has the number one position in Forum Energy Technologies Inc (NYSE:FET), worth close to $17 million, amounting to less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. On Citadel Investment Group’s heels is T Boone Pickens’ BP Capital, which holds a $9.7 million position; 3.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers that hold long positions contain Michael Platt and William Reeves’ BlueCrest Capital Mgmt., Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital. We should note that BP Capital is 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.

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