Hedge Funds that are short Linn Energy always seem to attack Linn Energy AFTER the quarterly distribution date. I think this is to drive the price down further than normal after the distribution date. Great time for buying!
I don't know what relationship hedge eye has with Barrons but I do know this. Hedge eye's home page includes a statement that they take particular pride in their expertise at timing. I doubt that it was a coincidence the barrons article coincided with the ex div date.
It's no coincidence. They had the article released the weekend before ex-div date, because they know the price will go down after ex-div . The article only added the panic sell to the price drop, and this stock gapped down $3.
You think about it, why can't they release the report after earnings report if it was really legit? Why they wait ALL this time and then release it right bfore ex-div, if not to create a price drop and panic sell? They prob had short positions the previous Friday and was expecting the money drop with the Barron's article.
Definitely timed to coincide with the x-div date and the SOHN conference. The drop then sets off some algorithms as the stock drops through moving averages. It's my belief they want to scuttle the Berry deal.