Clean Energy Fuels Corp (CLNE): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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After several tireless days we have finished crunching the numbers from more than 700 13F filings issued by the elite hedge funds and other investment firms that we track at Insider Monkey, which disclosed those firms’ equity portfolios as of September 30. The results of that effort will be put on display in this article, as we share valuable insight into the smart money sentiment towards Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ:CLNE).

Is Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ:CLNE) going to take off soon? Hedge funds are getting less optimistic. The number of long hedge fund bets retreated by 6 recently. Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ:CLNE) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ:CLNE) positions at the end of the previous quarter. For average investors holding positions in Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ:CLNE), this might not be a surprise, considering a drop of 19.93% in the share prices of the company during the third quarter. We will cover hedge funds and institutional investors that held positions in the company at the end of September.

For an understanding of hedge fund behavior towards similar stocks, we will also compare Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ:CLNE) to other stocks, including Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ:CORT), Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc. (NASDAQ:MFLX), and Catchmark Timber Trust Inc (NYSE:CTT) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the key action regarding Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ:CLNE).

How are hedge funds trading Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ:CLNE)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decrease of 50% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, D E Shaw holds the largest position in Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ:CLNE). D E Shaw has a $3.2 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Vollero Beach Capital Partners, led by Robert Vollero and Gentry T. Beach, holding a $0.9 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Sander Gerber’s Hudson Bay Capital Management, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

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