Is SemGroup Corp (SEMG) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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SemGroup Corp (NYSE:SEMG) has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with SEMG positions at the end of September, up by 2 quarter-over-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 Travelport Worldwide Ltd (NYSE:TVPT), Trustmark Corp (NASDAQ:TRMK), and Platform Specialty Products Corp (NYSE:PAH) to gather more data points.

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Hedge fund activity in SemGroup Corp (NYSE:SEMG)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a rise of 10% from the second quarter of 2016, and the third-straight quarter with an increase in hedge fund ownership. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in SEMG over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Iridian Asset Management, led by David Cohen and Harold Levy, holds the biggest position in SemGroup Corp (NYSE:SEMG). Iridian Asset Management has a $178.8 million position in the stock, comprising 1.6% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Millennium Management, founded by Israel Englander, which holds a $98.9 million position. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism encompass James Dondero’s Highland Capital Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management. 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.