Do Hedge Funds Love Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (PNW)?

How do you pick the next stock to invest in? One way would be to spend hours of research browsing through thousands of publicly traded companies. However, an easier way is to look at the stocks that smart money investors are collectively bullish on. Hedge funds and other institutional investors usually invest large amounts of capital and have to conduct due diligence while choosing their next pick. They don’t always get it right, but, on average, their stock picks historically generated strong returns after adjusting for known risk factors. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent hedge fund activity surrounding Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE:PNW).

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE:PNW) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018. PNW shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with PNW positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that pnw isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We’re going to analyze the fresh hedge fund action regarding Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE:PNW).

What does the smart money think about Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE:PNW)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 18% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards PNW over the last 13 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with PNW Positions

The largest stake in Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE:PNW) was held by Renaissance Technologies, which reported holding $196.7 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by AQR Capital Management with a $114.5 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Millennium Management, Two Sigma Advisors, and Citadel Investment Group.

As one would reasonably expect, key hedge funds have jumped into Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE:PNW) headfirst. Element Capital Management, managed by Jeffrey Talpins, created the biggest position in Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE:PNW). Element Capital Management had $2.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp also made a $1.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Roger Ibbotson’s Zebra Capital Management, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, and David Andre and Astro Teller’s Cerebellum Capital.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE:PNW). We will take a look at Cimarex Energy Co (NYSE:XEC), Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H), Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY), and Carvana Co. (NYSE:CVNA). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble PNW’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
XEC 23 1185374 2
H 31 826605 -7
TDY 19 436271 -5
CVNA 33 1005885 6
Average 26.5 863534 -1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 26.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $864 million. That figure was $631 million in PNW’s case. Carvana Co. (NYSE:CVNA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) is the least popular one with only 19 bullish hedge fund positions. Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE:PNW) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard CVNA might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.