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Why Do Hedge Funds Love Rowan Companies PLC (RDC)?

The third-quarter stock market correction has turned out to resemble the situation observed during the Asian financial crisis of 1997. The two relatively short-lived corrections occurred at a time with stable interest rates, falling commodity markets, with strong-performing technology and healthcare sectors, and struggling energy sector. Similarly, the two corrections followed long periods without a correction, which had to come sooner or later and it did. Even so, several prominent hedge fund investors publicly asserted their bearish view on the current state of the U.S. equity markets, suggesting that they significantly cut their exposure to equities during the latest quarter. Having said that, it would be worthwhile to take a look at the hedge fund sentiment on Rowan Companies PLC (NYSE:RDC) in order to identify whether reputable and successful top money managers continue to believe in its potential.

Rowan Companies PLC was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. RDC shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 24 hedge funds in our database with RDC positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare RDC to other stocks, including WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE:WCC), Laredo Petroleum Holdings Inc (NYSE:LPI), and BofI Holding, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOFI) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s view the latest action surrounding Rowan Companies PLC (NYSE:RDC).

What does the smart money think about Rowan Companies PLC (NYSE:RDC)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a decline of 13% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Blue Harbour Group, managed by Clifton S. Robbins, holds the most valuable position in Rowan Companies PLC (NYSE:RDC). The fund reportedly holds a $161.4 million position in the stock, comprising 5% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick of First Pacific Advisors LLC, with a $71.1 million position; the fund has 0.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.

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