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Is Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG) a Good Stock to Buy?

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The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge funds have been producing disappointing net returns in recent years, however that was partly due to the poor performance of small-cap stocks in general. Well, small-cap stocks finally turned the corner and have been beating the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points over the last 5 months.This means the relevancy of hedge funds’ public filings became inarguable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG) .

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG) has seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money of late. At the end of September, 20 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held shares of the company, down from 22 funds with long positions a quarter earlier. However, 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 Zoetis Inc (NYSE:ZTS), Luxottica Group SpA (ADR) (NYSE:LUX), and Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a look at the fresh action encompassing Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG).

How have hedgies been trading Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG)?

At the end of September, 20 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Public Service Enterprise Group, down by 9% over the quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 23 hedge funds with a bullish position in PEG at the beginning of this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the number one position in Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG), worth close to $371.2 million, corresponding to 0.6% of its total 13F portfolio. On AQR Capital Management’s heels is Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, with a $57.6 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise Jonathan Barrett and Paul Segal’s Luminus Management, Stuart J. Zimmer’s Zimmer Partners and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Luminus Management and Zimmer Partners) 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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