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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HE)

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Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest lately. HE was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with HE 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 Snyder S Lance Inc (NASDAQ:LNCE), Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP), and The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG) to gather more data points.

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How have hedgies been trading Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, up by 18% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 10 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in HE heading into this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Electron Capital Partners, led by Jos Shaver, holds the most valuable position in Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE). Electron Capital Partners has a $23.1 million position in the stock, comprising 5.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Electron Capital Partners’s heels is Balyasny Asset Management, led by Dmitry Balyasny, which holds a $18.8 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions consist of Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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-microcap stocks.

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