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Is ENSCO PLC (ESV) A Good Stock To Buy?

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 ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV), so let’s take a closer look at the sentiment that surrounds it in the current quarter.

Is ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV) a buy right now? Hedge funds are buying. The number of long hedge fund bets rose by 7 in recent months. 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 First Horizon National Corporation (NYSE:FHN), AngloGold Ashanti Limited (ADR) (NYSE:AU), and American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACAS) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s review the fresh action encompassing ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV).

How are hedge funds trading ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, an increase of 32% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management has the most valuable position in ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV), worth close to $73.3 million, corresponding to 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Huber Capital Management, run by Joe Huber, which holds a $59.2 million position; the fund has 2.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish consist of Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.