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Is TransCanada Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TRP) a buy right now? The smart money is actually taking a pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets dropped by 4 lately. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with TRP positions at the end of June. 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 LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB), Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX), and PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the recent action surrounding TransCanada Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TRP).
Hedge fund activity in TransCanada Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TRP)
At Q3’s end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -22% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 12 hedge funds with a bullish position in TRP at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Millennium Management, led by Israel Englander, holds the biggest position in TransCanada Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TRP). Millennium Management has a $73.2 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Luminus Management, led by Jonathan Barrett and Paul Segal, which holds a $70.3 million position; the fund has 1.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions include Eric Sprott’s Sprott Asset Management, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Daniel Bubis’s Tetrem Capital Management. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Luminus Management and Sprott Asset Management) are 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.