Transocean LTD (RIG): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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With the third-quarter round of 13F filings behind us, it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the fourth quarter. One of these stocks was Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG).

Is Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) a safe investment now? Investors who are in the know are turning bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund bets advanced by 5 in recent months. 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 EQT Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:EQM), Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRVL), and Aqua America Inc (NYSE:WTR) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the latest action regarding Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG).

How are hedge funds trading Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 37 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, an increase of 16% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Icahn Capital LP, managed by Carl Icahn, holds the most valuable position in Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG). Icahn Capital LP has a $277.5 million position in the stock, comprising 1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Robert Pitts of Steadfast Capital Management, with n $112.6 million position; the fund has 2.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that are bullish encompass Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Jonathan Barrett and Paul Segal’s Luminus Management.

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