Is SilverBow Resorces, Inc. (SBOW) A Good Stock To Buy?

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SilverBow Resorces, Inc. (NYSE:SBOW) shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money of late. SBOW was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with SBOW holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that sbow isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We’re going to take a glance at the key hedge fund action regarding SilverBow Resorces, Inc. (NYSE:SBOW).

How are hedge funds trading SilverBow Resorces, Inc. (NYSE:SBOW)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 57% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards SBOW over the last 13 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with SBOW Positions

The largest stake in SilverBow Resorces, Inc. (NYSE:SBOW) was held by Strategic Value Partners, which reported holding $119.4 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by DW Partners with a $46.1 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Pentwater Capital Management, GLG Partners, and Prescott Group Capital Management.

Consequently, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Bailard Inc, managed by Thomas Bailard, established the largest position in SilverBow Resorces, Inc. (NYSE:SBOW). Bailard Inc had $0.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Roger Ibbotson’s Zebra Capital Management also initiated a $0.3 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to SilverBow Resorces, Inc. (NYSE:SBOW). These stocks are Tocagen Inc. (NASDAQ:TOCA), Camtek LTD. (NASDAQ:CAMT), MedEquities Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MRT), and Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE:PHX). This group of stocks’ market caps match SBOW’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
TOCA 4 4656 0
CAMT 7 17567 1
MRT 12 41872 2
PHX 5 47051 -1
Average 7 27787 0.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 7 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $28 million. That figure was $188 million in SBOW’s case. MedEquities Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MRT) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Tocagen Inc. (NASDAQ:TOCA) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. SilverBow Resorces, Inc. (NYSE:SBOW) 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 MRT might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.