Should You Buy Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE)?

Is Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE) a bargain? The best stock pickers are in a bullish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets improved by 3 lately.

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Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE)

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a look at the latest action surrounding Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE).

What have hedge funds been doing with Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 23 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 15% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

Of the funds we track, Point State Capital, managed by Sean Cullinan, holds the largest position in Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE). Point State Capital has a $40 million position in the stock, comprising 0.6% of its 13F portfolio. On Point State Capital’s heels is John Murphy of Alydar Capital, with a $34 million position; 2.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

Now, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Alydar Capital, managed by John Murphy, created the largest position in Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE). Alydar Capital had 34 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also initiated a $29 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital, Sean Cullinan’s Point State Capital, and Mark Kingdon’s Kingdon Capital.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is most useful when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time frame, Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 16 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns exhibited by our studies, everyday investors must always watch hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE) applies perfectly to this mantra.

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