A market correction in the third quarter, spurred by a number of global macroeconomic concerns ended up having a negative impact on the markets and many hedge funds as a result. The stocks of smaller companies were especially hard hit during this time as investors fled to investments seen as being safer. This is evident in the fact that the Russell 2000 ETF underperformed the S&P 500 ETF by 14 percentage points between June 25 and the end of October. We also received indications that hedge funds were trimming their positions amid the market volatility and uncertainty, and given their greater inclination towards smaller cap stocks than other investors, it follows that a stronger sell-off occurred in those stocks. Let’s study the hedge fund sentiment to see how those concerns affected their ownership of Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y) during the quarter.
Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y) was in 30 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in the hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 33 hedge funds in our database with Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y) 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 Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN), Sabre Corp (NASDAQ:SABR), and News Corp (NASDAQ:NWS) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the fresh action regarding Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y).
How have hedgies been trading Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 30 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 9% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, First Pacific Advisors LLC, managed by Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick, holds the most valuable position in Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y). First Pacific Advisors LLC has a $137.7 million position in the stock, comprising 1.2% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Royce & Associates, mutual fund led by Chuck Royce, holding a $135.3 million position; the fund has 0.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers with similar optimism encompass John Osterweis’ Osterweis Capital Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management.