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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Kosmos Energy Ltd (KOS)

Abigail Fisher

A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Kosmos Energy Ltd (NYSE:KOS).

Kosmos Energy Ltd (NYSE:KOS) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest of late. KOS was in 18 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with KOS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that KOS isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We're going to take a look at the new hedge fund action encompassing Kosmos Energy Ltd (NYSE:KOS).

What have hedge funds been doing with Kosmos Energy Ltd (NYSE:KOS)?

At Q3's end, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 20% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards KOS over the last 13 quarters. So, let's examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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The largest stake in Kosmos Energy Ltd (NYSE:KOS) was held by SailingStone Capital Partners, which reported holding $112.8 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Millennium Management with a $22.3 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Citadel Investment Group, Arosa Capital Management, and Encompass Capital Advisors.

As one would reasonably expect, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Diametric Capital, managed by Nick Thakore, created the most outsized position in Kosmos Energy Ltd (NYSE:KOS). Diametric Capital had $0.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle's Springbok Capital also made a $0.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Dmitry Balyasny's Balyasny Asset Management and Benjamin A. Smith's Laurion Capital Management.

Let's also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Kosmos Energy Ltd (NYSE:KOS) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Apple Hospitality REIT Inc (NYSE:APLE), Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP (NYSE:SBS), International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT), and Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG). All of these stocks' market caps match KOS's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position APLE,10,94675,-2 SBS,11,156926,1 IGT,37,963167,2 PAG,20,94346,3 Average,19.5,327279,1 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 19.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $327 million. That figure was $200 million in KOS's case. International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Apple Hospitality REIT Inc (NYSE:APLE) is the least popular one with only 10 bullish hedge fund positions. Kosmos Energy Ltd (NYSE:KOS) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we'd rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard IGT might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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