Should You Buy MPLX LP (MPLX)?

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Is MPLX LP (NYSE:MPLX) a buy, sell, or hold? The smart money is in an optimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets improved by 4 lately. At the end of this article we will also compare MPLX to other stocks, including American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO), Industrias Bachoco, S.A.B. de C.V. (ADR) (NYSE:IBA), and TC Pipelines, LP (NYSE:TCP) to get a better sense of its popularity.

If you’d ask most investors, hedge funds are seen as underperforming, old investment vehicles of the past. While there are greater than 8000 funds in operation at present, Our experts hone in on the leaders of this club, approximately 700 funds. Most estimates calculate that this group of people administer the lion’s share of the smart money’s total asset base, and by paying attention to their best equity investments, Insider Monkey has uncovered a few investment strategies that have historically outrun Mr. Market. Insider Monkey’s small-cap hedge fund strategy outpaced the S&P 500 index by 12 percentage points annually for a decade in their back tests.

Now, let’s check out the key action encompassing MPLX LP (NYSE:MPLX).

Hedge fund activity in MPLX LP (NYSE:MPLX)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 44% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies holds the most valuable position in MPLX LP (NYSE:MPLX). Renaissance Technologies has a $12.3 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, with a $7.5 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other members of the smart money that are bullish consist of Stuart J. Zimmer’s Zimmer Partners and Millennium Management Subsidiary’s Green Arrow Capital Management.