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Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest lately. ES was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with ES 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 Devon Energy Corp (NYSE:DVN), Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO), and M&T Bank Corporation (NYSE:MTB) to gather more data points.
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How have hedgies been trading Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 25% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ES over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management has the number one position in Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES), worth close to $87.7 million. The second largest stake is held by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson of Adage Capital Management, with a $78.1 million position. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions consist of Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors. 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.