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QEP Resources Inc (QEP): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Is QEP Resources Inc (NYSE:QEP) a good investment right now? We check hedge fund and billionaire investor sentiment before delving into hours of research. Hedge funds spend millions of dollars on Ivy League graduates, expert networks, and get tips from industry insiders. They fail miserably sometimes but historically their consensus stock picks outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk factors.

QEP Resources Inc (NYSE:QEP) was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. QEP has seen a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. There were 26 hedge funds in our database with QEP holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare QEP to other stocks including Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE:VMI), CalAtlantic Group Inc (NYSE:CAA), and Colony Financial Inc (NYSE:CLNY) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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In the eyes of most stock holders, hedge funds are perceived as slow, old financial tools of years past. While there are more than 8000 funds with their doors open at present, We look at the crème de la crème of this group, approximately 700 funds. These money managers preside over the lion’s share of all hedge funds’ total asset base, and by tracking their first-class picks, Insider Monkey has determined a number of investment strategies that have historically beaten the S&P 500 index. Insider Monkey’s small-cap hedge fund strategy outstripped the S&P 500 index by 12 percentage points per year for a decade in their back tests.

Now, we’re going to review the latest action regarding QEP Resources Inc (NYSE:QEP).

What have hedge funds been doing with QEP Resources Inc (NYSE:QEP)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -19% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management has the most valuable position in QEP Resources Inc (NYSE:QEP), worth close to $90.9 million, comprising 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which holds an $75.3 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish contain D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Ron Gutfleish’s Elm Ridge Capital and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP.

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