With the third-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the fourth quarter. One of these stocks was Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN).
Eaton Corp plc (NYSE:ETN) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund interest lately. ETN was in 41 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 46 hedge funds in our database with ETN 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 Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE), PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE:PPG), and McGraw Hill Financial Inc (NYSE:MHFI) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action encompassing Eaton Corp plc (NYSE:ETN).
What have hedge funds been doing with Eaton Corp plc (NYSE:ETN)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 41 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -11% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Viking Global, managed by Andreas Halvorsen, holds the most valuable position in Eaton Corp plc (NYSE:ETN). Viking Global has a $209 million position in the stock, comprising 0.8% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is John A. Levin of Levin Capital Strategies, with a $176.6 million position; 3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish comprise Thomas Steyer’s Farallon Capital, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.