Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN): Hedge Funds Are Bullish and Insiders Are Bearish, What Should You Do?

Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN) was in 33 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. ETN has seen an increase in hedge fund interest of late. There were 31 hedge funds in our database with ETN holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a glance at the key action regarding Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN).

What have hedge funds been doing with Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN)?

At year’s end, a total of 33 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 6% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Levin Capital Strategies, managed by John A. Levin, holds the largest position in Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN). Levin Capital Strategies has a $230 million position in the stock, comprising 4.6% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $202 million position; 6.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include Christopher MedlockáJames’s Partner Fund Management, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors and Thomas E. Claugus’s GMT Capital.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Partner Fund Management, managed by Christopher MedlockáJames, created the most outsized position in Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN). Partner Fund Management had 163 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management also initiated a $51 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new ETN investors: Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group, Douglas Dillard Jr. and Raj D. Venkatesan’s Standard Pacific Capital, and Larry Foley and Paul Farrell’s Bronson Point Partners.

How are insiders trading Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN)?

Insider buying is best served when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time frame, Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns shown by the aforementioned research, retail investors must always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN) applies perfectly to this mantra.

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