The third quarter was a rough one for most investors, as fears of an interest rate hike in the U.S, a weakening economy in China, and a stagnant Europe, weighed heavily on the minds of investors. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 sank as a result, with the Russell 2000, which is composed of smaller companies, being hit especially hard. This was primarily due to hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, pulling some of their capital out of the volatile markets during this time. Let’s look at how this market volatility affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards FX Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FXEN), and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.
Is FX Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FXEN) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Investors who are in the know are turning less bullish. During a quarter in which shares rose by 12%, the number of bullish hedge fund bets was cut by 1. FXEN was in 5 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September, with them owning just 3.80% of its shares. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with FXEN positions at the end of the second 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 Golden Star Resources Ltd. (USA) (NYSEMKT:GSS), Marrone Bio Innovations Inc (NASDAQ:MBII), and Aptose Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:APTO) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the new action regarding FX Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FXEN).
How are hedge funds trading FX Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FXEN)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 5 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 17% decline from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or had already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Paul Solit’s Potomac Capital Management has the largest position in FX Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FXEN), worth close to $1.3 million, corresponding to 1.6% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is CQS Cayman LP, managed by Michael Hintze, which holds a $0.3 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Renaissance Technologies, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.