Smart money investors make mistakes sometimes. Some of their top consensus picks, such as Valeant and SunEdison, have not done well during the last 12 months due to various reasons. Nevertheless, the data show their consensus picks have done well on average. The top 30 mid-cap stocks (market caps between $1 billion and $10 billion) among hedge funds delivered an average return of 18% during the last four quarters. S&P 500 Index returned only 7.6% during the same period and less than 49% of its constituents managed to beat this return. Because their consensus picks have done well, we pay attention to what elite funds and billionaire investors think before doing extensive research on a stock. In this article, we will take a closer look at Western Gas Equity Partners LP (NYSE:WGP) from the perspective of those smart money investors.
So, is Western Gas Equity Partners LP (NYSE:WGP) worth your attention right now? Investors who are in the know are betting on the stock. The number of long hedge fund bets increased by one to nine during the third quarter, but 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 IMS Health Holdings Inc (NYSE:IMS), Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO), and IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXX) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s take a glance at the fresh action regarding Western Gas Equity Partners LP (NYSE:WGP).
How are hedge funds trading Western Gas Equity Partners LP (NYSE:WGP)?
As stated at the beginning of this article, there were nine investors tracked by Insider Monkey long Western Gas Equity Partners, up by 13% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Stuart J. Zimmer’s Zimmer Partners has the most valuable position in Western Gas Equity Partners LP (NYSE:WGP), worth close to $35 million, corresponding to 0.9% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Highland Capital Management, led by James Dondero, which holds a $18 million position; the fund has 0.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism contain Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Russell Lucas’s Lucas Capital Management.