Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (ETN): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Keeping this in mind, let’s study the latest info for Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN).

What does the smart money think about Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 45 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially.

According to our 13F database, Christopher Medlock James’s Partner Fund Management had the largest position in Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN), worth close to $299.6 million, comprising 6.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Levin Capital Strategies, managed by John A. Levin, which held a $293.3 million position; the fund has 5.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish include Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Thomas E. Claugus’s GMT Capital.

Due to the fact Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN) has experienced a fall in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s safe to say that there were a few hedge funds that slashed their full holdings at the end of the second quarter. Intriguingly, Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global said goodbye to the largest stake of the 450+ funds we key on, totaling about $62.1 million in call options.. Alexander Mitchell’s fund, Scopus Asset Management, also sold off its call options., about $30.6 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How are insiders trading Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time period, Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN). These stocks are REGAL-BELOIT CORPORATION (NYSE:RBC), Nidec Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NJ), AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME), Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK), and ABB Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:ABB). This group of stocks belong to the industrial electrical equipment industry and their market caps are closest to ETN’s market cap.

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