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NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH) has experienced an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. NMIH was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with NMIH positions 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 DICE HOLDINGS, INC. (NYSE:DHX), Flexion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:FLXN), and Natural Health Trends Corp. (NASDAQ:NHTC) to gather more data points.
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How have hedgies been trading NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 24% rise from the second quarter of 2016, though the number of hedge funds long the stock still sits below its yearly high. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Oaktree Capital Management, managed by Howard Marks, holds the largest position in NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH). Oaktree Capital Management has a $44.3 million position in the stock. The second largest stake is held by Hayman Advisors, led by Kyle Bass, holding a $37.5 million position; 59.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers with similar optimism comprise Shawn Bergerson and Martin Kalish’s Waterstone Capital Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Matthew Barrett’s Glendon Capital Management.