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Hedge fund interest in DCP Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:DPM) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 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 Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN), Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW), and Teradata Corporation (NYSE:TDC) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action regarding DCP Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:DPM).
How have hedgies been trading DCP Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:DPM)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 4 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in DPM heading into this year. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the biggest position in DCP Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:DPM). Renaissance Technologies has a $13.1 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is David Cohen and Harold Levy of Iridian Asset Management, with a $5.5 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, George Hall’s Clinton Group and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP. We should note that none of these hedge funds 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.