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Is Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMBC) a buy, sell, or hold? Investors who are in the know are surely in a bullish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions increased by 1 in recent months. AMBC was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with AMBC holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare AMBC to other stocks including Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTA), Asanko Gold Inc (NYSEAMEX:AKG), and Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Hedge fund activity in Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMBC)
At Q3’s end, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a gain of 5% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 16 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in AMBC heading into this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Canyon Capital Advisors, led by Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis, holds the most valuable position in Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMBC). Canyon Capital Advisors has a $39.7 million position in the stock, comprising 1.4% of its 13F portfolio. On Canyon Capital Advisors’ heels is Alden Global Capital, led by Randall Smith, holding a $31.9 million position; 32.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish consist of William C. Martin’s Raging Capital Management, Mark T. Gallogly’s Centerbridge Partners and John Petry’s Sessa Capital. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Raging Capital Management and Sessa Capital) 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.