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Enbridge Inc (USA) (ENB): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Enbridge Inc (USA) (NYSE:ENB).

Is Enbridge Inc (USA) (NYSE:ENB) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Investors who are in the know are getting more optimistic. The number of long hedge fund positions went up by 6 recently. ENB was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with ENB holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Grp, Inc. (ADR) (NYSE:SMFG), and Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the key action regarding Enbridge Inc (USA) (NYSE:ENB).

How are hedge funds trading Enbridge Inc (USA) (NYSE:ENB)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 40% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jorge Paulo Lemann’s 3G Capital has the biggest position in Enbridge Inc (USA) (NYSE:ENB), worth close to $66.3 million, accounting for 5.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Daniel Bubis of Tetrem Capital Management, with a $38.3 million position; 1.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism consist of Eric Sprott’s Sprott Asset Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

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