Is Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE:WPZ) a good equity to bet on right now? We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to find the latest market-moving information.
Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE:WPZ) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. WPZ was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with WPZ positions 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 AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO), Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (USA) (NYSE:CP), and Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISV) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to analyze the latest action encompassing Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE:WPZ).
What does the smart money think about Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE:WPZ)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decline of 15% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 12 hedge funds with a bullish position in WPZ at the beginning of this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management LP has the biggest position in Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE:WPZ), worth close to $344.6 million, amounting to 7.8% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Columbus Hill Capital Management, led by Kevin D. Eng, holding a $70.1 million position; 7.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism include Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors, James Dondero’s Highland Capital Management and Richard Driehaus’ Driehaus Capital. We should note that Columbus Hill Capital Management is 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.