Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze MGE Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:MGEE) from the perspective of those successful funds.
Is MGE Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:MGEE) a buy right now? Hedge funds are altogether in a pessimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions fell by 2 lately. At the end of this article we will also compare MGEE to other stocks including Great Western Bancorp Inc (NYSE:GWB), TerraForm Power Inc (NASDAQ:TERP), and Badger Meter, Inc. (NYSE:BMI) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What have hedge funds been doing with MGE Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:MGEE)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a decline of 18% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 6 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in MGEE heading into this year, so the number of bullish hedge fund positions is still up by 50% in 2016. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the number one position in MGE Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:MGEE). Renaissance Technologies has a $7.2 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holding a $3.2 million position. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism contain Roger Ibbotson’s Zebra Capital Management, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Peter Muller’s PDT Partners. 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-micro-cap stocks.