Hedge Funds Are Buying Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (CTWS)

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Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTWS) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. CTWS investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest recently. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with CTWS holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a peek at the recent action regarding Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTWS).

Hedge fund activity in Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTWS)

In preparation for this year, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 50% from the third quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Summit Global Management, managed by John I. Dickerson, holds the biggest position in Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTWS). Summit Global Management has a $3.2 million position in the stock, comprising 2.8% of its 13F portfolio. On Summit Global Management’s heels is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $0.7 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

As one would reasonably expect, key money managers have jumped into Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTWS) headfirst. Two Sigma Advisors, managed by John Overdeck and David Siegel, assembled the most outsized position in Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTWS). Two Sigma Advisors had 0.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also initiated a $0.6 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new CTWS position is Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

How are insiders trading Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTWS)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time period, Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTWS) has seen 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTWS). These stocks are Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ:CWCO), Artesian Resources Corporation (NASDAQ:ARTNA), SJW Corp. (NYSE:SJW), The York Water Company (NASDAQ:YORW), and Middlesex Water Company (NASDAQ:MSEX). All of these stocks are in the water utilities industry and their market caps are closest to CTWS’s market cap.

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