This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy EnerSys (ENS)

Is EnerSys (NYSE:ENS) a good investment?

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EnerSys (NYSE:ENS)

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Thus, we’re going to examine the recent info about EnerSys (NYSE:ENS).

How have hedgies been trading EnerSys (NYSE:ENS)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 54% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the most valuable position in EnerSys (NYSE:ENS). Royce & Associates has a $166 million position in the stock, comprising 0.5% of its 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Martin Whitman of Third Avenue Management, with a $48.1 million position; the fund has 0.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

Now, specific money managers have jumped into EnerSys (NYSE:ENS) headfirst. Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, established the most valuable position in EnerSys (NYSE:ENS). Royce & Associates had 166 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management also made a $48.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new ENS positions are David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management, Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about EnerSys (NYSE:ENS)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is best served when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time frame, EnerSys (NYSE:ENS) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to EnerSys (NYSE:ENS). These stocks are Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS), Franklin Electric Co. (NASDAQ:FELE), Woodward Inc (NASDAQ:WWD), General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC), and Belden Inc. (NYSE:BDC). All of these stocks are in the industrial electrical equipment industry and their market caps match ENS’s market cap.