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Evercore Partners Inc. (NYSE:EVR) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. At the end of this article we will also compare EVR to other stocks including Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. (NYSE:EEQ), Colony Financial Inc (NYSE:CLNY), and Great Western Bancorp Inc (NYSE:GWB) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading Evercore Partners Inc. (NYSE:EVR)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the second quarter of 2016. Hedgie ownership of EVR has remained in a narrow range throughout the last year, of between 17 and 21 hedge funds. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the largest position in Evercore Partners Inc. (NYSE:EVR), worth close to $60.4 million. The second largest stake is held by James Parsons of Junto Capital Management, with a $44.1 million position; the fund has 5.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism include Mariko Gordon’s Daruma Asset Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management.