The elite funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) from the perspective of those elite funds.
FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest recently. FE was in 31 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 27 hedge funds in our database with FE holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare FE to other stocks including NetEase, Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:NTES), Workday Inc (NYSE:WDAY), and Credicorp Ltd. (USA) (NYSE:BAP) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What does the smart money think about FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 31 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a rise of 15% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, holds the number one position in FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE). AQR Capital Management has a $313.6 million position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Luminus Management, led by Jonathan Barrett and Paul Segal, holding a $200.1 million position; 5.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions consist of Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.