Hedge Funds Are Buying NextEra Energy, Inc. (NEE)

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have just completed filing their 13Fs with the Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing their equity portfolios as of the end of September. At Insider Monkey, we follow over 700 of the best-performing investors and by analyzing their 13F filings, we can determine the stocks that they are collectively bullish on. One of their picks is NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE), so let’s take a closer look at the sentiment that surrounds it in the current quarter.

NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE) has actually seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. NEE was in 35 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 32 hedge funds in our database with NEE positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare NEE to other stocks including American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG), Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK), and The Bank of Nova Scotia (USA) (NYSE:BNS) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s check out the new action regarding NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE).

How have hedgies been trading NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, an increase of 9% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Adage Capital Management, led by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, holds the largest position in NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE). The fund has a $166 million position in the stock, comprising 0.5% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies which holds a $135 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass Stuart J. Zimmer’s Zimmer Partners, Jonathan Barrett and Paul Segal’s Luminus Management and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

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