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Is Spectra Energy Corp. (SE) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The market has been volatile due to elections and the potential of another Federal Reserve rate increase. Small cap stocks have been on a tear, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has outperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 10 percentage points since the end of June. SEC filings and hedge fund investor letters indicate that the smart money seems to be getting back in stocks, and the funds’ movements is one of the reasons why small-cap stocks are red hot. In this article, we analyze what the smart money thinks of Spectra Energy Corp. (NYSE:SE) and find out how it is affected by hedge funds’ moves.

Is Spectra Energy Corp. (NYSE:SE) a buy right now? The smart money is becoming hopeful. The number of bullish hedge fund positions inched up by 11 recently. SE was in 25 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with SE positions 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 Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV), Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX), and China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHU) to gather more data points.

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Hedge fund activity in Spectra Energy Corp. (NYSE:SE)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a massive jump of 79% from one quarter earlier, surging to a yearly high in hedge fund ownership. 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 considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Robert Emil Zoellner’s Alpine Associates has the largest position in Spectra Energy Corp. (NYSE:SE), worth close to $141 million and accounting for 5.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Magnetar Capital, led by Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser, holding a $107.4 million position; the fund has 1.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that are bullish include Daniel Bubis’ Tetrem Capital Management, Carl Tiedemann and Michael Tiedemann’s TIG Advisors, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management.

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