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Old Republic International Corporation (ORI): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Hedge Funds and other institutional investors have just completed filing their 13Fs with the Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing their equity portfolios as of the end of September. At Insider Monkey, we follow over 700 of the best-performing investors and by analyzing their 13F filings, we can determine the stocks that they are collectively bullish on. One of their picks is Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE:ORI), so let’s take a closer look at the sentiment that surrounds it in the current quarter.

Is Old Republic International Corporation the right investment to pursue these days? Hedge funds are betting on the stock. The number of long hedge fund bets went up by 5 recently. ORI was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with ORI 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 Juno Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:JUNO), United Microelectronics Corp (ADR) (NYSE:UMC), and Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CCU) to gather more data points.

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In today’s marketplace there are many gauges stock traders can use to grade their stock investments. A couple of the less known gauges are hedge fund and insider trading sentiment. We have shown that, historically, those who follow the best picks of the best investment managers can beat the broader indices by a very impressive margin (see the details here).

With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action surrounding Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE:ORI).

How are hedge funds trading Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE:ORI)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 31% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Lee Ainslie’s Maverick Capital has the number one position in Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE:ORI), worth close to $80.5 million, amounting to 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, which holds a $24.4 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

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