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Is Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (KEP) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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Hedge funds are not perfect. They have their bad picks just like everyone else. Valeant, a stock hedge funds have loved, lost 79% during the last 12 months ending in November 21. Although hedge funds are not perfect, their consensus picks do deliver solid returns, however. Our data show the top 30 mid-cap stocks among the best performing hedge funds yielded an average return of 18% in the same time period, vs. a gain of 7.6% for the S&P 500 Index. Because hedge funds have a lot of resources and their consensus picks do well, we pay attention to what they think. In this article, we analyze what the successful funds think of Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:KEP).

Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:KEP) was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. KEP investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers lately. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with KEP positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare KEP to other stocks including Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ), Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOXA), and CME Group Inc (NASDAQ:CME) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:KEP)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up by 8% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 8 hedge funds with a bullish position in KEP at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holds the largest position in Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:KEP). Arrowstreet Capital has a $90.1 million position in the stock. The second most bullish fund manager is Orbis Investment Management, led by William B. Gray, holding a $14.7 million position. Other professional money managers with similar optimism consist of David Kowitz and Sheldon Kasowitz’s Indus Capital, Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management and Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Orbis Investment Management and Indus Capital) 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.

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