Is GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (GLF) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:GLF)

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Keeping this in mind, let’s study the newest info about GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:GLF).

How have hedgies been trading GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:GLF)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 14% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

According to our 13F database, Michael Price’s MFP Investors had the biggest position in GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:GLF), worth close to $27.8 million, comprising 3.7% of its total 13F portfolio. On MFP Investors’s heels is Brian Taylor of Pine River Capital Management, with a $6.2 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers with similar optimism include John A. Levin’s Levin Capital Strategies, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

As aggregate interest spiked, particular hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. MFP Investors, managed by Michael Price, initiated the biggest position in GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:GLF). MFP Investors had 27.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Brian Taylor’s Pine River Capital Management also initiated a $6.2 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are John A. Levin’s Levin Capital Strategies, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

What have insiders been doing with GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:GLF)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time period, GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:GLF) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:GLF). These stocks are Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS), Newpark Resources Inc (NYSE:NR), TETRA Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TTI), Exterran Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:EXLP), and C&J Energy Services Inc (NYSE:CJES). This group of stocks are in the oil & gas equipment & services industry and their market caps are similar to GLF’s market cap.

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