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Is Spectra Energy Partners, LP (SEP) a Good Stock to Buy?

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It is already common knowledge that individual investors do not usually have the necessary resources and abilities to properly research an investment opportunity. As a result, most investors pick their illusory “winners” by making a superficial analysis and research that leads to poor performance on aggregate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned 7.6% over the 12-month period ending November 21, while more than 51% of the constituents of the index underperformed the benchmark. Hence, a random stock picking process will most likely lead to disappointment. At the same time, the 30 most favored mid-cap stocks by the best performing hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey generated a return of 18% over the same time span. Of course, hedge funds do make wrong bets on some occasions and these get disproportionately publicized on financial media, but piggybacking their moves can beat the broader market on average. That’s why we are going to go over recent hedge fund activity in Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE:SEP).

Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE:SEP) investors should be aware of a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers in recent months. SEP was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with SEP positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SEP to other stocks including Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO), Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP), and Alcoa Inc (NYSE:AA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE:SEP)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a fall of 31% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 5 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in SEP heading into this year. So, let’s check out 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, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the biggest position in Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE:SEP). Renaissance Technologies has a $17.4 million position in the stock. The second largest stake is held by Israel Englander’s Millennium Management which holds a $15.1 million position. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions include Charles Davidson’s Wexford Capital, William Michaelcheck’s Mariner Investment Group and T Boone Pickens’ BP Capital. We should note that BP Capital 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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