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Is ONE Gas Inc (OGS) A Good Stock To Buy?

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We have been waiting for this for a year and finally the third quarter ended up showing a nice bump in the performance of small-cap stocks. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 were up since the end of the second quarter, but small-cap stocks outperformed the large-cap stocks by double digits. This is important for hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, because their investors started pulling some of their capital out due to poor recent performance. It is very likely that equity hedge funds will deliver better risk adjusted returns in the second half of this year. In this article we are going to look at how this recent market trend affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards ONE Gas Inc (NYSE:OGS) , and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.

Is ONE Gas Inc (NYSE:OGS) going to take off soon? Hedge funds are categorically getting less bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets contracted by 1 recently. OGS was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with OGS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE), Snyder S Lance Inc (NASDAQ:LNCE), and Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent action regarding ONE Gas Inc (NYSE:OGS).

How are hedge funds trading ONE Gas Inc (NYSE:OGS)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -8% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 8 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in OGS heading into this year. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management has the largest position in ONE Gas Inc (NYSE:OGS), worth close to $43.6 million, amounting to 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, which holds a $6.4 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions comprise Millennium Management, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors and D E Shaw. We should note that none of these elite funds are among our list of the 100 best performing elite funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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