Should You Buy Vermilion Energy Inc (VET)?

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Vermilion Energy Inc (NYSE:VET) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare VET to other stocks including Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ), Store Capital Corp (NYSE:STOR), and MSC Industrial Direct Co Inc (NYSE:MSM) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the fresh action surrounding Vermilion Energy Inc (NYSE:VET).

How are hedge funds trading Vermilion Energy Inc (NYSE:VET)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 6 hedge funds with a bullish position in VET at the beginning of this year. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, has the number one position in Vermilion Energy Inc (NYSE:VET), worth close to $5.3 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, which holds a $1.9 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers that hold long positions comprise Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Krochuk’s GRT Capital Partners and Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management. We should note that GRT Capital Partners is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.