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Is NRG Yield, Inc. (NYLD) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The successful 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 NRG Yield, Inc. Class C (NYSE:NYLD) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Is NRG Yield, Inc. Class C (NYSE:NYLD) the right pick for your portfolio? Money managers are thoroughly in a pessimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund investments retreated by 4 in recent months. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with NYLD 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 Laredo Petroleum Holdings Inc (NYSE:LPI), Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ENR), and Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART) to gather more data points.

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How have hedgies been trading NRG Yield, Inc. Class C (NYSE:NYLD)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decline of 14% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 24 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in NYLD heading into this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Passport Capital, led by John Burbank, holds the largest position in NRG Yield, Inc. Class C (NYSE:NYLD). Passport Capital has a $50.9 million position in the stock, comprising 1.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Passport Capital’s heels is Levin Capital Strategies, led by John A. Levin, which holds a $30.6 million position. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism consist of Bernard Lambilliotte’s Ecofin Ltd, John Osterweis’ Osterweis Capital Management and Jonathan Barrett and Paul Segal’s Luminus Management. We should note that Luminus Management is 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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