Are Institutional Investors Bearish on VNOM and BSM?
Viper Energy Partners
Viper Energy Partners (VNOM) saw a total addition of 1.6 million positions during 2Q17. At the same time, 2.5 million positions were sold. This implies a net selling of 0.9 million positions in VNOM.
Among the top institutional holders in VNOM, 0.4 million positions were sold. Wellington Management is currently the top institutional holder in VNOM, holding 4.3% in the partnership.
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The institutional selling in VNOM in 2Q17 might indicate a bearish sentiment toward the stock, but we’ll have to wait and see if its recent rating upgrades and the slight recovery in crude oil prices have driven institutional activity in VNOM during 3Q17.
Black Stone Minerals
Black Stone Minerals (BSM) saw a total addition of 2.3 million positions during 2Q17, while 1.8 million positions were sold. This implies a net buying of 0.5 million positions in BSM.
Among the top institutional holders in BSM, 0.8 million positions were added. This could indicate a bullish sentiment toward the stock. William Marsh Rice University is currently the top institutional holder in BSM, holding 4.2% in BSM.
In the next and final part of this series, we’ll examine the analyst recommendations for both Viper Energy Partners and Black Stone Minerals.