Hedge Funds Are Crazy About NiSource Inc. (NI)

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What’s a smart NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI) investor to do?

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What’s more, let’s study the latest info surrounding NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI).

How have hedgies been trading NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 19 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 46% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management had the biggest position in NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI), worth close to $81.3 million, accounting for 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $56.3 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Louis Navellier’s Navellier & Associates, David Harding’s Winton Capital Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Consequently, particular hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, created the most valuable position in NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI). Millennium Management had 81.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also made a $56.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new NI investors: Louis Navellier’s Navellier & Associates, David Harding’s Winton Capital Management, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time frame, NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI). These stocks are Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG), Northeast Utilities System (NYSE:NU), CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP), Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE), and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE:NRG). This group of stocks belong to the diversified utilities industry and their market caps match NI’s market cap.

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