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Loews Corporation (L): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It But Hedge Funds Love It

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Now that that’s out of the way, let’s study the recent info surrounding Loews Corporation (NYSE:L).

Loews Corporation (NYSE:L)

What does the smart money think about Loews Corporation (NYSE:L)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 5% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly.

When using filings from the hedgies we track, Southeastern Asset Management, managed by Mason Hawkins, holds the biggest position in Loews Corporation (NYSE:L). Southeastern Asset Management has a $1.6345 billion position in the stock, comprising 8% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Eagle Capital Management, managed by Boykin Curry, which held a $539.4 million position; the fund has 2.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

With a general bullishness amongst the titans, certain bigger names have jumped into Loews Corporation (NYSE:L) headfirst. Southeastern Asset Management, managed by Mason Hawkins, created the biggest position in Loews Corporation (NYSE:L). Southeastern Asset Management had 1.6345 billion invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Boykin Curry’s Eagle Capital Management also made a $539.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new L positions are Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Loews Corporation (NYSE:L)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, Loews Corporation (NYSE:L) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Loews Corporation (NYSE:L). These stocks are ACE Limited (NYSE:ACE), Hartford Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE:HIG), The Allstate Corporation (NYSE:ALL), The Chubb Corporation (NYSE:CB), and The Progressive Corporation (NYSE:PGR). All of these stocks are in the property & casualty insurance industry and their market caps are similar to L’s market cap.

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