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Is Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (AWH) a Good Buy?

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At Insider Monkey, we pore over the filings of more than 700 top investment firms every quarter, a process we have now completed for the latest reporting period. The data we’ve gathered as a result gives us access to a wealth of collective knowledge based on these firms’ portfolio holdings as of September 30. In this article, we will use that wealth of knowledge to determine whether or not Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH) makes for a good investment right now.

Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest lately. AWH was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 24 hedge funds in our database with AWH holdings 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 Vectren Corporation (NYSE:VVC), Corrections Corp Of America (NYSE:CXW), and MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:MKTX) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to review the new action surrounding Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH).

What does the smart money think about Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 17% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the most valuable position in Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH). Citadel Investment Group has a $49.7 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which holds a $34.8 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

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