Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC): Hedge Funds and Insiders Are Bearish, What Should You Do?

Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC) investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately.

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Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC)

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Now, it’s important to take a peek at the recent action regarding Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC).

How are hedge funds trading Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 29 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -6% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, John Griffin’s Blue Ridge Capital had the most valuable position in Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC), worth close to $208 million, comprising 2.9% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Alan Fournier of Pennant Capital Management, with a $110 million position; 1.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedgies that are bullish include Wallace Weitz’s Wallace R. Weitz & Co., Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company and Andrew Hall’s Astenbeck Capital Management.

Since Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC) has witnessed falling interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there exists a select few money managers who were dropping their full holdings last quarter. At the top of the heap, Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors dropped the biggest investment of the 450+ funds we track, worth an estimated $38 million in stock. Donald Chiboucis’s fund, Columbus Circle Investors, also dropped its stock, about $29 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds last quarter.

How have insiders been trading Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time period, Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 12 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results exhibited by the aforementioned tactics, everyday investors must always pay attention to hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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