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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About UGI Corp (UGI)

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UGI Corp (NYSE:UGI) was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. UGI investors should be aware of an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with UGI positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that ugi isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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AQR CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management

Let’s take a peek at the recent hedge fund action encompassing UGI Corp (NYSE:UGI).

How are hedge funds trading UGI Corp (NYSE:UGI)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 12% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 20 hedge funds with a bullish position in UGI at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were adding to their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with UGI Positions

More specifically, Renaissance Technologies was the largest shareholder of UGI Corp (NYSE:UGI), with a stake worth $134.3 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Renaissance Technologies was Diamond Hill Capital, which amassed a stake valued at $128.1 million. AQR Capital Management, GLG Partners, and D E Shaw were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

Now, specific money managers have jumped into UGI Corp (NYSE:UGI) headfirst. Arrowstreet Capital, managed by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, established the largest position in UGI Corp (NYSE:UGI). Arrowstreet Capital had $4.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Brandon Haley’s Holocene Advisors also initiated a $0.7 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new UGI positions are Andre F. Perold’s HighVista Strategies, Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s Blue Mountain Capital, and Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle’s Springbok Capital.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as UGI Corp (NYSE:UGI) but similarly valued. We will take a look at iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NASDAQ:IBB), Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX), Newell Brands Inc. (NASDAQ:NWL), and SEI Investments Company (NASDAQ:SEIC). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble UGI’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
IBB 17 190644 0
CGNX 13 272086 -3
NWL 36 1698839 3
SEIC 24 360985 2
Average 22.5 630639 0.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 22.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $631 million. That figure was $495 million in UGI’s case. Newell Brands Inc. (NASDAQ:NWL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX) is the least popular one with only 13 bullish hedge fund positions. UGI Corp (NYSE:UGI) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard NWL might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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