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Is Targa Resources Corp (TRGP) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is it smart to be bullish on Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP)?

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to analyze the latest info about Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP).

How are hedge funds trading Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 8% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP)Out of the hedge funds we follow, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the biggest position in Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP). Renaissance Technologies has a $54.2 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, which held a $39.5 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

As one would understandably expect, particular hedge funds have jumped into Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP) headfirst. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, assembled the largest position in Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP). Renaissance Technologies had 54.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also initiated a $39.5 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new TRGP positions are Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

How have insiders been trading Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time frame, Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP). These stocks are Atlas Energy LP (NYSE:ATLS), WGL Holdings Inc (NYSE:WGL), Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc. (NYSE:PNY), Suburban Propane Partners LP (NYSE:SPH), and Inergy, L.P. (NYSE:NRGY). This group of stocks are the members of the gas utilities industry and their market caps are closest to TRGP’s market cap.

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