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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Inergy, L.P. (NRGY)

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Inergy, L.P. (NYSE:NRGY) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. NRGY investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with NRGY holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

Inergy, L.P.

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Now, it’s important to take a look at the key action encompassing Inergy, L.P. (NYSE:NRGY).

What does the smart money think about Inergy, L.P. (NYSE:NRGY)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the largest position in Inergy, L.P. (NYSE:NRGY). Renaissance Technologies has a $12.3 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is First Eagle Investment Management, managed by Jean-Marie Eveillard, which held a $8 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Stephen Loukas, David A. Lorber, Zachary George’s FrontFour Capital Group and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.

Seeing as Inergy, L.P. (NYSE:NRGY) has witnessed falling interest from the smart money, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of money managers that slashed their full holdings in Q1. It’s worth mentioning that Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital dropped the largest stake of all the hedgies we key on, totaling an estimated $14.1 million in stock.. Curtis Schenker and Craig Effron’s fund, Scoggin, also sold off its stock, about $4.5 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How are insiders trading Inergy, L.P. (NYSE:NRGY)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time frame, Inergy, L.P. (NYSE:NRGY) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Inergy, L.P. (NYSE:NRGY). These stocks are Atlas Energy LP (NYSE:ATLS), WGL Holdings Inc (NYSE:WGL), Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc. (NYSE:PNY), Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP), and Suburban Propane Partners LP (NYSE:SPH). This group of stocks belong to the gas utilities industry and their market caps are closest to NRGY’s market cap.

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