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Is Radian Group Inc (RDN) A Good Investment?

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The elite funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Radian Group Inc (NYSE:RDN) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Is Radian Group Inc (NYSE:RDN) worth your attention right now? Investors who are in the know are taking a bearish view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions shrunk by 3 recently. RDN was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 31 hedge funds in our database with RDN holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare RDN to other stocks including Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHR), AMAYA INC (NASDAQ:AYA), and Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to view the recent action encompassing Radian Group Inc (NYSE:RDN).

How have hedgies been trading Radian Group Inc (NYSE:RDN)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 10% drop from the second quarter of 2016. Hedge fund ownership has now dropped by 15% over the past year. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Maverick Capital, managed by Lee Ainslie, holds the biggest position in Radian Group Inc (NYSE:RDN). Maverick Capital has a $126 million position in the stock, comprising 1.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Senator Investment Group, managed by Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin, which holds a $52.8 million position. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions include Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and D E Shaw.

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