JANA Partners Exits QEP Resources ~ market folly

Thursday, October 16, 2014

JANA Partners Exits QEP Resources

Last month, we drew attention to the fact that hedge fund JANA Partners had reduced its QEP Resources stake.  With a newly filed 13D, Barry Rosenstein's activist firm has disclosed that they no longer own a stake in the company.

The filing was made due to activity on October 13th.  Previously, JANA had owned over 12.96 million shares. 

Per their latest 13D filing, JANA sold over 2.3 million shares at $22.50 on October 14th, and really ramped up liquidation of the rest of their stake on October 15th at prices ranging from $20.68 to $21.22.

For more on this hedge fund, just yesterday we highlighted some recent buying activity from JANA in another stock.

Per Google Finance, QEP Resources "operates in three lines of business: gas and oil exploration and production, midstream field services, and energy marketing. It conducted through three principal subsidiaries: QEP Energy Company (QEP Energy) acquires, explores for, develops and produces natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids (NGL); QEP Field Services Company (QEP Field Services) provides midstream field services, including natural gas gathering, processing, compression and treating services for affiliates and third parties; andQEP Marketing Company (QEP Marketing) markets affiliate and third-party natural gas and oil, provides risk-management services, and owns and operates an underground gas-storage reservoir."

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