Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (CPK)?

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Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE:CPK) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately.

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Consequently, let’s take a peek at the latest action regarding Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE:CPK).

What does the smart money think about Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE:CPK)?

At year’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE:CPK)Of the funds we track, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies had the most valuable position in Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE:CPK), worth close to $5.9 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Israel Englander of Millennium Management, with a $1 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers that are bullish include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

Due to the fact that Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE:CPK) has witnessed bearish sentiment from hedge fund managers, logic holds that there were a few hedge funds that elected to cut their entire stakes last quarter. Intriguingly, Mike Vranos’s Ellington dropped the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we key on, valued at an estimated $0.2 million in stock. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Insider trading activity in Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE:CPK)

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE:CPK) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE:CPK). These stocks are Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ:CLNE), Laclede Group Inc (NYSE:LG), Niska Gas Storage Partners LLC (NYSE:NKA), Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (ADR) (NYSE:TGS), and Southcross Energy Partners LP (NYSE:SXE). This group of stocks are in the gas utilities industry and their market caps are closest to CPK’s market cap.

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