At Insider Monkey, we pore over the filings of more than 700 top investment firms every quarter, a process we have now completed for the latest reporting period. The data we’ve gathered as a result gives us access to a wealth of collective knowledge based on these firms’ portfolio holdings as of September 30. In this article, we will use that wealth of knowledge to determine whether or not Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) makes for a good investment right now.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. 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 Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX), Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN), and Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE:ADM) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the recent action regarding Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC).
Hedge fund activity in Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 40 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 33% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital has the largest position in Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC), worth close to $200.6 million, corresponding to 2.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Millennium Management, led by Israel Englander, holding a $198.9 million position; 0.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions include Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, Jonathan Barrett and Paul Segal’s Luminus Management, and D E Shaw.