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Do Hedge Funds Love Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP)?

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We at Insider Monkey have gone over 742 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the government. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article, we look at what those funds think of Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE:ETP) based on that data.

Hedge fund interest in Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE:ETP) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Ecopetrol S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:EC), Sirius XM Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI), and The Progressive Corporation (NYSE:PGR) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to check out the fresh action regarding Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE:ETP).

Hedge fund activity in Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE:ETP)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management LP has the largest position in Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE:ETP), worth close to $429.8 million and corresponding to 9.8% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Soroban Capital Partners, led by Eric W. Mandelblatt, holding a $129.5 million call position; 0.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors and Don Morgan’s Brigade Capital.

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