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Navigators Group Inc (NAVG): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Investing in hedge funds can bring large profits, but it’s not for everybody, since hedge funds are available only for high-net-worth individuals. They generate significant returns for investors to justify their large fees and they allocate a lot of time and employ a complex analysis to determine the best stocks to invest in. A particularly interesting group of stocks that hedge funds like is the small-caps. The huge amount of capital does not allow hedge funds to invest a lot in small-caps, but our research showed that their most popular small-cap ideas are less efficiently priced and generate stronger returns than their large- and mega-cap picks and the broader market. That is why we follow the hedge fund activity in the small-cap space.

Navigators Group Inc (NASDAQ:NAVG) has experienced an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. 14 hedge funds that we track were long the stock on September 30. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with NAVG holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare NAVG to other stocks including WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF), Genesco Inc. (NYSE:GCO), and USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE:USNA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Navigators Group Inc (NASDAQ:NAVG)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 27% jump from the second quarter of 2016, as the number of hedge fund positions has now doubled in the last 2 quarters. On the other hand, there were a total of 11 hedge funds with a bullish position in NAVG at the beginning of this year. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital has the largest position in Navigators Group Inc (NASDAQ:NAVG), worth close to $83.4 million. The second most bullish fund manager is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, with an $11.5 million position. Other professional money managers that are bullish contain Matthew Halbower’s Pentwater Capital Management, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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