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Hedge Fund Sentiment Is Stagnant On Ecopetrol S.A. (ADR) (EC)

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have just completed filing their 13Fs with the Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing their equity portfolios as of the end of September. At Insider Monkey, we follow over 700 of the best-performing investors and by analyzing their 13F filings, we can determine the stocks that they are collectively bullish on. One of their picks is Ecopetrol S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:EC), so let’s take a closer look at the sentiment that surrounds it in the current quarter.

Hedge fund interest in Ecopetrol S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:EC) shares was flat during the third quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 8 hedge funds that we track owned the stock on September 30, same as on June 30. At the end of this article we will also compare EC to other stocks including Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE:DB), Sasol Limited (ADR) (NYSE:SSL), and Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE:TAP) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about Ecopetrol S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:EC)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. By comparison, 7 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in EC heading into this year, so hedge fund ownership is up slightly in 2016. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the number one position in Ecopetrol S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:EC). Renaissance Technologies has a $40.7 million position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Point72 Asset Management, led by Steve Cohen, which holds a $12 million position. Other peers that are bullish consist of Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Jos Shaver’s Electron Capital Partners. We should note that Electron Capital Partners is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-micro-cap stocks.

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