You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.
Is Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. (NYSE:EEQ) a great stock to buy now? Money managers are surely turning bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings increased by 1 in recent months. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with EEQ 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 Franks International NV (NYSE:FI), Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA), and Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc (NYSE:APAM) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent action encompassing Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. (NYSE:EEQ).
How are hedge funds trading Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. (NYSE:EEQ)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 20% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 3 hedge funds with a bullish position in EEQ at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world has the most valuable position in Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. (NYSE:EEQ), worth close to $11.2 million, corresponding to less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, holding a $8.8 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism contain Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Russell Lucas’s Lucas Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds 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.