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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE)

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ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE) has experienced a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late.

ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE)

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a look at the key action surrounding ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE).

Hedge fund activity in ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE)

At year’s end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -13% from the third 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 upping their holdings significantly.

Of the funds we track, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies had the largest position in ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE), worth close to $46.4 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, which held a $41.9 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers that hold long positions include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors and Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital.

Judging by the fact that ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE) has experienced declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there was a specific group of fund managers that elected to cut their full holdings heading into 2013. Intriguingly, Sean Cullinan’s Point State Capital cut the largest stake of the 450+ funds we key on, comprising about $23.2 million in stock., and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson of Adage Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $14.4 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds heading into 2013.

How have insiders been trading ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time period, ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE). These stocks are Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:TEG), Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE), AGL Resources Inc. (NYSE:GAS), Western Gas Equity Partners LP (NYSE:WGP), and EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT). This group of stocks belong to the gas utilities industry and their market caps match OKE’s market cap.

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