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Hedge Funds Are Buying Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG)

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What’s a smart Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG) investor to do?

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Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG)

Furthermore, let’s analyze the latest info surrounding Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG).

How are hedge funds trading Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 9% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully.

When using filings from the hedgies we track, David Harding’s Winton Capital Management had the biggest position in Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG), worth close to $36 million, comprising 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $17.9 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management.

Consequently, particular hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Winton Capital Management, managed by David Harding, initiated the most valuable position in Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG). Winton Capital Management had 36 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also initiated a $17.9 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, and Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management.

How are insiders trading Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG)?

Insider buying is most useful when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time frame, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG). These stocks are NRG Energy Inc (NYSE:NRG), NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI), Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC), CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP), and Northeast Utilities System (NYSE:NU). This group of stocks are in the diversified utilities industry and their market caps are similar to PEG’s market cap.

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