Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and successful value investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds’ and successful investors’ positions as of the end of the second quarter. You can find articles about an individual hedge fund’s trades on numerous financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves over the last 5 years and analyze what the smart money thinks of DTE Energy Company (NYSE:DTE) based on that data and determine whether they were really smart about the stock.
Is DTE Energy Company (NYSE:DTE) an exceptional stock to buy now? Investors who are in the know were reducing their bets on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund bets fell by 5 lately. DTE Energy Company (NYSE:DTE) was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 35. Our calculations also showed that DTE isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q2 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).
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How are hedge funds trading DTE Energy Company (NYSE:DTE)?
At the end of June, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -17% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards DTE over the last 20 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Among these funds, Two Sigma Advisors held the most valuable stake in DTE Energy Company (NYSE:DTE), which was worth $67.4 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was AQR Capital Management which amassed $66.2 million worth of shares. Citadel Investment Group, Renaissance Technologies, and D E Shaw were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Ecofin Ltd allocated the biggest weight to DTE Energy Company (NYSE:DTE), around 1.76% of its 13F portfolio. BlueCrest Capital Mgmt. is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 0.78 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to DTE.
Seeing as DTE Energy Company (NYSE:DTE) has faced a decline in interest from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there is a sect of hedge funds that slashed their entire stakes by the end of the second quarter. At the top of the heap, Steve Pattyn’s Yaupon Capital cut the biggest stake of all the hedgies tracked by Insider Monkey, comprising an estimated $2.4 million in stock, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $1.6 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 5 funds by the end of the second quarter.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to DTE Energy Company (NYSE:DTE). These stocks are New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE:EDU), Canadian Natural Resources Limited (NYSE:CNQ), AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME), AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE:ABC), Carvana Co. (NYSE:CVNA), Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc (NYSE:ARE), and Realty Income Corporation (NYSE:O). This group of stocks’ market values match DTE’s market value.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 34.1 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1052 million. That figure was $384 million in DTE’s case. Carvana Co. (NYSE:CVNA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Realty Income Corporation (NYSE:O) is the least popular one with only 17 bullish hedge fund positions. DTE Energy Company (NYSE:DTE) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for DTE is 29.3. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 21.3% in 2020 through September 25th and beat the market by 17.7 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on DTE, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 7.6% so far during Q3 and outperformed the market.
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