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Hedge fund interest in SM Energy Co. (NYSE:SM) shares was flat during the last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives however. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:ABG), Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK), and CyrusOne Inc (NASDAQ:CONE) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s take a look at the new action surrounding SM Energy Co. (NYSE:SM).
How have hedgies been trading SM Energy Co. (NYSE:SM)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the second quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or had already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, holds the most valuable position in SM Energy Co. (NYSE:SM). Millennium Management has a $62.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second-largest stake is held by First Pacific Advisors LLC, managed by Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick, which holds a $38.6 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism consist of Vince Maddi and Shawn Brennan’s SIR Capital Management, Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, and Renaissance Technologies.