Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips on the charts, usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. This time it may be different. During the third quarter we observed increased volatility and small-cap stocks underperformed the market. Hedge fund investor letters indicated that they are cutting their overall exposure, closing out some position and doubling down on others. Let’s take a look at the hedge fund sentiment towards Ring Energy Inc (NYSEMKT:REI) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.
Hedge fund interest in Ring Energy Inc (NYSEMKT:REI) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as OceanFirst Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:OCFC), Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. (NYSEAMEX:CTO), and BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:BSTC) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a gander at the new action encompassing Ring Energy Inc (NYSEMKT:REI).
How have hedgies been trading Ring Energy Inc (NYSEMKT:REI)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 5 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Marc Lisker, Glenn Fuhrman and John Phelan’s MSDC Management has the biggest position in Ring Energy Inc (NYSEMKT:REI), worth close to $10.7 million, amounting to 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Talara Capital Management, managed by David Zusman, which holds a $10.3 million position; 6.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers that are bullish include Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners, J. Carlo Cannell’s Cannell Capital and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.