Should You Avoid Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NOG)?

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We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the government. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article, we look at what those funds think of Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEMKT:NOG) based on that data.

Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEMKT:NOG) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. NOG has seen a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with NOG holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Synutra International, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYUT), Lion Biotechnologies Inc (NASDAQ:LBIO), and Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:TTPH) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to go over the fresh action encompassing Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEMKT:NOG).

What have hedge funds been doing with Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:NOG)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -33% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Fine Capital Partners, managed by Debra Fine, holds the number one position in Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:NOG). Fine Capital Partners has an $26.8 million position in the stock, comprising 2.6% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Pine River Capital Management, managed by Brian Taylor, which holds an $6.8 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism contain Brett Hendrickson’s Nokomis Capital, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

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