Here is What Hedge Funds Think About National Grid plc (ADR) (NGG)

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National Grid plc (ADR) (NYSE:NGG) was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. NGG has seen a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with NGG holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the key action surrounding National Grid plc (ADR) (NYSE:NGG).

How have hedgies been trading National Grid plc (ADR) (NYSE:NGG)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -22% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially.

National Grid plc (ADR)When looking at the hedgies we track, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies had the largest position in National Grid plc (ADR) (NYSE:NGG), worth close to $21.8 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, which held a $14.3 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Due to the fact that National Grid plc (ADR) (NYSE:NGG) has experienced falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, logic holds that there was a specific group of fund managers that elected to cut their full holdings at the end of the first quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners dropped the biggest investment of the 450+ funds we track, valued at close to $25.1 million in stock., and Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $0.5 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds at the end of the first quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about National Grid plc (ADR) (NYSE:NGG)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time frame, National Grid plc (ADR) (NYSE:NGG) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to National Grid plc (ADR) (NYSE:NGG). These stocks are Western Gas Equity Partners LP (NYSE:WGP), ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE), EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT), Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE), and TransCanada Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TRP). This group of stocks are the members of the gas utilities industry and their market caps are similar to NGG’s market cap.

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