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Is Western Gas Partners, LP (WES) 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 Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE:WES).

Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE:WES) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. WES has experienced an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with WES positions at the end of the second 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 Sabre Corp (NASDAQ:SABR), UGI Corp (NYSE:UGI), and Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG) to gather more data points.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE:WES)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 60% jump from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 4 hedge funds with a bullish position in WES at the beginning of this year, which has since shot up by 100%. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, 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 Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, T Boone Pickens’ BP Capital has the number one position in Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE:WES), worth close to $8.2 million, comprising 2.9% of its total 13F portfolio. On BP Capital’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, which holds a $7.3 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions contain Charles Davidson’s Wexford Capital, Richard Driehaus’ Driehaus Capital, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management. 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-micro-cap stocks.

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