It was a rough third quarter for many hedge funds, which were naturally unable to overcome the big dip in the broad market, as the S&P 500 fell by about 7% during the quarter. The Russell 2000, composed of smaller companies, performed even worse, trailing the S&P by about 14 percentage points between June 25 and October 30, as investors fled less-known quantities for safe havens. This was the case with hedge funds, who we heard were pulling money from the market amid the volatility, which included money from small-cap stocks, which they invest in at a higher rate than other investors. This action contributed to the greater decline in these stocks during the tumultuous period. We will study how this market volatility affected their sentiment towards PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL) during the quarter below.
Is PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL) worth your attention right now? The smart money is becoming hopeful. The number of bullish hedge fund positions increased by 1 recently. PPL was in 23 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with PPL positions 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 Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE), Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (ADR) (NYSE:PHG), and Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE:DLPH) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the new action regarding PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL).
How are hedge funds trading PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 5% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, holds the most valuable position in PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL). Millennium Management has a $372.5 million position in the stock, comprising 0.7% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Adage Capital Management, led by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, holding a $98.7 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism contain Jonathan Barrett and Paul Segal’s Luminus Management, Stuart J. Zimmer’s Zimmer Partners and Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management.