Is WEC Energy Group Inc (WEC) A Good Stock To Buy Right Now?

Does WEC Energy Group Inc (NYSE:WEC) represent a good buying opportunity at the moment? Let’s briefly check the hedge fund sentiment towards the company. Hedge fund firms constantly search out bright intellectuals and highly-experienced employees and throw away millions of dollars on research activities, so it is no wonder why they tend to generate millions in profits each year. It is also true that some hedge fund players fail unconceivably on some occasions, but their stock picks have been generating superior risk-adjusted returns on average over the years.

WEC Energy Group Inc (NYSE:WEC) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. WEC shareholders have actually witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with WEC holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare WEC to other stocks including SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI), Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB), and TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE:TEL) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s analyze the latest action regarding WEC Energy Group Inc (NYSE:WEC).

Hedge fund activity in WEC Energy Group Inc (NYSE:WEC)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 54% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the biggest position in WEC Energy Group Inc (NYSE:WEC). Renaissance Technologies has a $23.9 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Millennium Management, led by Israel Englander, holding a $19.1 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish comprise Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management.