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In this article, we are going to take a closer look at the latest hedge fund action surrounding Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE:D). Overall, the stock registered an increase in activity from smart money investors during the third quarter. At the end of September, 20 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in the stock, up from 18 funds a quarter earlier. 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 Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX), Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE), and Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:TEF) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a gander at the key action regarding Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE:D).
Hedge fund activity in Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE:D)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, up by 11% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 23 hedge funds with a bullish position in Dominion Resources at the beginning of this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Zimmer Partners, led by Stuart J. Zimmer, holds the most valuable position in Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE:D). Zimmer Partners has a $100.5 million position in the stock, comprising 2.7% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, with a $53.9 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish include Jonathan Barrett and Paul Segal’s Luminus Management and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Zimmer Partners and Luminus Management) are 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.