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Is Edison International (NYSE:EIX) a worthy investment right now? Money managers are becoming less hopeful. The number of long hedge fund bets shrunk by 6 lately. EIX was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 28 hedge funds in our database with EIX holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 AmerisourceBergen Corp. (NYSE:ABC), Nidec Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NJ), and Prologis Inc (NYSE:PLD) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the latest action surrounding Edison International (NYSE:EIX).
What have hedge funds been doing with Edison International (NYSE:EIX)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a fall of 21% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group has the largest position in Edison International (NYSE:EIX), worth close to $215.9 million, amounting to 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Adage Capital Management, led by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, holding a $139 million position; the fund has 0.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers with similar optimism comprise Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management and Stuart J. Zimmer’s Zimmer Partners.