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Hedge Funds Head For Energy Transfer Equity LP (ETE)’s Exits: Spooked by Dakota Pipeline?

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Energy Transfer Equity LP (NYSE:ETE).

Energy Transfer Equity LP (NYSE:ETE) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. ETE was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 30 hedge funds in our database with ETE holdings at the end of the June quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ETE to other stocks including Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ:INCY), Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK), and Essex Property Trust Inc (NYSE:ESS) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about Energy Transfer Equity LP (NYSE:ETE)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 33% drop from the previous quarter, and the third-consecutive quarter with a drop in hedge fund positions in the stock. There were a total of 33 hedge funds with a bullish position in ETE at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, OZ Management, led by Daniel S. Och, holds the biggest position in Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE). OZ Management has a $261.9 million position in the stock, comprising 1.5% of its 13F portfolio. Some other peers that are bullish contain Stuart J. Zimmer’s Zimmer Partners and James Dondero’s Highland Capital Management. We should note that one of these hedge funds (Zimmer Partners) was among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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