Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD)

Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and successful value investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds’ and successful investors’ positions as of the end of the fourth quarter. You can find articles about an individual hedge fund’s trades on numerous financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves over the last 6 years and analyze what the smart money thinks of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) based on that data.

Is Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) the right investment to pursue these days? Prominent investors were taking a pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets fell by 4 lately. Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021. The all time high for this statistic is 30. Our calculations also showed that EPD isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings).

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Stuart Zimmer of Zimmer Partners

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Do Hedge Funds Think EPD Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

Heading into the second quarter of 2021, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -13% from the fourth quarter of 2020. By comparison, 26 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in EPD a year ago. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Arrowstreet Capital, managed by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holds the most valuable position in Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD). Arrowstreet Capital has a $81.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Arrowstreet Capital’s heels is Appaloosa Management LP, managed by David Tepper, which holds a $71.3 million position; the fund has 1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish consist of Stuart J. Zimmer’s Zimmer Partners, and Henry Breck’s Heronetta Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Heronetta Management allocated the biggest weight to Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD), around 14.26% of its 13F portfolio. Plaisance Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 5.15 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to EPD.

Seeing as Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) has experienced declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, we can see that there lies a certain “tier” of funds who sold off their entire stakes in the first quarter. Interestingly, Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments dumped the largest investment of all the hedgies tracked by Insider Monkey, comprising close to $41.4 million in stock. Blair Baker’s fund, Precept Capital Management, also dumped its stock, about $14.5 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 4 funds in the first quarter.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD). These stocks are Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX), Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), ING Groep N.V. (NYSE:ING), Dow Inc. (NYSE:DOW), Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), Kimberly Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB), and Pinterest, Inc. (NYSE:PINS). All of these stocks’ market caps match EPD’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
FCX 68 3290981 7
F 49 2197658 8
ING 10 532082 1
DOW 41 717981 -6
WBA 41 1132820 5
KMB 31 1287433 -6
PINS 83 4189031 -12
Average 46.1 1906855 -0.4

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 46.1 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1907 million. That figure was $299 million in EPD’s case. Pinterest, Inc. (NYSE:PINS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand ING Groep N.V. (NYSE:ING) is the least popular one with only 10 bullish hedge fund positions. Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for EPD is 38. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. Our calculations showed that top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 95.8% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 40 percentage points. These stocks gained 24% in 2021 through July 9th and beat the market by 6.7 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on EPD, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 13% since the end of Q1 (through July 9th) and outperformed the market.

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