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Hedge Funds Are Clamoring for Consolidated Edison, Inc. (ED)

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There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Carl Icahn and George Soros think. Those hedge fund operators make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other elite funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED).

Is Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED) a buy right now? Hedge funds are taking a bullish view. The number of long hedge fund bets advanced by 9 recently. ED was in 23 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with ED holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ED to other stocks including Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG), Zoetis Inc (NYSE:ZTS), and Luxottica Group SpA (ADR) (NYSE:LUX) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 64% surge from one quarter earlier, as hedge fund ownership of the stock remains volatile, though trending up. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the most valuable position in Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED), worth close to $275.4 million. On AQR Capital Management’s heels is Jonathan Barrett and Paul Segal of Luminus Management, with a $91 million position; the fund has 2.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism consist of Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and D E Shaw, founded by David E. Shaw.

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