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Is Encana Corp (USA) (NYSE:ECA) ready to rally soon? Money managers are getting more optimistic. The number of long hedge fund positions went up by 11 lately. 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 DexCom, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM), New Oriental Education & Tech Grp (ADR) (NYSE:EDU), and Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the key action surrounding Encana Corp (USA) (NYSE:ECA).
What does the smart money think about Encana Corp (USA) (NYSE:ECA)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 37 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a surge of 42% from the second quarter of 2016. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Viking Global, managed by Andreas Halvorsen, holds the most valuable position in Encana Corp (USA) (NYSE:ECA). The fund has a $909.1 million position in the stock, comprising 3.9% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Steadfast Capital Management, managed by Robert Pitts, which holds a $215.3 million position; 3.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Zach Schreiber’s Point State Capital and Paul Singer’s Elliott Management.