Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HE)?

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE) has seen a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently.

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Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE)

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Consequently, we’re going to take a look at the latest action encompassing Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE).

How have hedgies been trading Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE)?

At year’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -18% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.

Of the funds we track, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the largest position in Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE). Renaissance Technologies has a $12.5 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, which held a $3.5 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, John Murphy’s Alydar Capital and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Due to the fact that Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE) has experienced declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of money managers who sold off their entire stakes heading into 2013. Interestingly, Andrew R. Midler’s Savitr Capital dropped the largest stake of all the hedgies we track, totaling an estimated $1.3 million in stock., and Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $0.2 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds heading into 2013.

How are insiders trading Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time frame, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE). These stocks are Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE:GXP), Portland General Electric Company (NYSE:POR), IDACORP Inc (NYSE:IDA), Dynegy Inc. (NYSE:DYN), and Cleco Corporation (NYSE:CNL). This group of stocks are the members of the electric utilities industry and their market caps match HE’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE:GXP) 13 0 2
Portland General Electric Company (NYSE:POR) 12 0 1
Dynegy Inc. (NYSE:DYN) 16 3 1
Cleco Corporation (NYSE:CNL) 9 0 0

With the returns shown by Insider Monkey’s tactics, everyday investors should always monitor hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE) is an important part of this process.

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