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Dynegy Inc. (NYSE:DYN) has experienced a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. 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 IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IMAX), NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE:NGL), and LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to analyze the latest action surrounding Dynegy Inc. (NYSE:DYN).
What does the smart money think about Dynegy Inc. (NYSE:DYN)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 36 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -16% from the second quarter of 2016. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Viking Global, managed by Andreas Halvorsen, holds the biggest position in Dynegy Inc. (NYSE:DYN). Viking Global has a $138.2 million position in the stock, comprising 0.6% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Oaktree Capital Management, led by Howard Marks, holding a $104.4 million position; the fund has 1.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism consist of Marc Lasry’s Avenue Capital, Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management.