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What Do Hedge Funds Think of Sempra Energy (SRE)?

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World-class money managers like Bill Ackman and Barry Rosenstein only invest their wealthy clients’ money after undertaking a rigorous examination of any potential stock. They are particularly successful in this regard when it comes to small-cap stocks, which their peerless research gives them a big information advantage on when it comes to judging their worth. It’s not surprising then that they generate their biggest returns from these stocks and invest more of their money in these stocks on average than other investors. It’s also not surprising then that we pay close attention to these picks ourselves and have built a market-beating investment strategy around them.

Is Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) a buy here? Money managers are selling. The number of long hedge fund bets fell by 5 in recent months. At the end of this article we will also compare SRE to other stocks including PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE:PPG), McGraw Hill Financial Inc (NYSE:MHFI), and Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the latest action surrounding Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE).

What have hedge funds been doing with Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -15% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies has the number one position in Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE), worth close to $168.2 million, comprising 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, which holds an $148.4 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions consist of Jonathon Jacobson’s Highfields Capital Management, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and John Burbank’s Passport Capital.

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