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Should You Avoid Genie Energy Ltd (GNE)?

At Insider Monkey we follow around 730 of the best-performing investors and even though many of them lost money in the last several months, the history teaches us that over the long-run they still manage to beat the market, which is why it can be profitable for us to imitate their activity. Of course, even the best money managers can sometimes get it wrong, but following some of their picks gives us a better chance to outperform the crowd than picking a random stock and this is where our research comes in.

Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE:GNE) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. GNE was in 4 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with GNE holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare GNE to other stocks including Hallador Energy Co (NASDAQ:HNRG), DSP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DSPG), and Park City Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCYG) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s check out the key action surrounding Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE:GNE).

What does the smart money think about Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE:GNE)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -20% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Among the hedge funds we track, Steve Tannenbaum’s Greenwood Investments held the top position in GNE, which was valued at $4.40 million at the end of September. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, with a $3.30 million holding, followed by Peter Muller’s PDT Partners, holding $0.2 million worth of shares.