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Should You Buy Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (ETE)?

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What’s a smart Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE) investor to do?

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What’s more, it’s important to examine the recent info surrounding Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE).

Hedge fund activity in Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE)

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 25% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (ETE)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Kenneth Mario Garschina’s Mason Capital Management had the most valuable position in Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE), worth close to $487.4 million, comprising 9.7% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Daniel S. Och of OZ Management, with a $286.6 million position; 0.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Now, specific money managers have jumped into Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE) headfirst. Mason Capital Management, managed by Kenneth Mario Garschina, assembled the most outsized position in Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE). Mason Capital Management had 487.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management also made a $286.6 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new ETE investors: Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

How are insiders trading Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, 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 Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE). These stocks are Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP), Oneok Partners LP (NYSE:OKS), Spectra Energy Corp. (NYSE:SE), Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA), and Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE:ETP). This group of stocks are in the oil & gas pipelines industry and their market caps are closest to ETE’s market cap.

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