Is Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP) a marvelous stock to buy now? The best stock pickers are buying. The number of bullish hedge fund positions rose by 3 lately.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the key action encompassing Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP).
What have hedge funds been doing with Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP)?
At year’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 38% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.
According to our comprehensive database, Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital had the most valuable position in Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP), worth close to $14 million, accounting for 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, which held a $12 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, John Burbank’s Passport Capital and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.
As one would reasonably expect, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. Passport Capital, managed by John Burbank, assembled the biggest position in Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP). Passport Capital had 2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management also made a $2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new TRGP investors: J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management and John A. Levin’s Levin Capital Strategies.
What do corporate executives and insiders think about Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity 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 in the gas utilities industry and their market caps resemble TRGP’s market cap.