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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Tower Group International Ltd (TWGP)

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Tower Group International Ltd (NASDAQ:TWGP) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. TWGP investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest lately. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with TWGP positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a peek at the latest action regarding Tower Group International Ltd (NASDAQ:TWGP).

What does the smart money think about Tower Group International Ltd (NASDAQ:TWGP)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 122% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Michael A. Price and Amos Meron’s Empyrean Capital Partners had the biggest position in Tower Group International Ltd (NASDAQ:TWGP), worth close to $44.3 million, comprising 0.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Youlia Miteva of Proxima Capital Management, with a $19.4 million position; the fund has 4.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Empyrean Capital Partners, managed by Michael A. Price and Amos Meron, assembled the largest position in Tower Group International Ltd (NASDAQ:TWGP). Empyrean Capital Partners had 44.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Youlia Miteva’s Proxima Capital Management also made a $19.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new TWGP positions are Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors, and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

What have insiders been doing with Tower Group International Ltd (NASDAQ:TWGP)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time period, Tower Group International Ltd (NASDAQ:TWGP) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Tower Group International Ltd (NASDAQ:TWGP). These stocks are Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLRE), FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG), MGIC Investment Corp. (NYSE:MTG), Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:AGII), and Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH). All of these stocks are in the property & casualty insurance industry and their market caps are closest to TWGP’s market cap.

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