Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Enstar Group Ltd. (ESGR)

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Enstar Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESGR)

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Now that that’s out of the way, it’s important to discuss the newest info for Enstar Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESGR).

How have hedgies been trading Enstar Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESGR)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 50% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly.

When using filings from the hedgies we track, Charles Akre’s Akre Capital Management had the most valuable position in Enstar Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESGR), worth close to $66.2 million, comprising 3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Diamond Hill Capital, managed by Ric Dillon, which held a $12.6 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include Malcolm Fairbairn’s Ascend Capital, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

As one would understandably expect, certain bigger names were breaking ground themselves. Akre Capital Management, managed by Charles Akre, created the most valuable position in Enstar Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESGR). Akre Capital Management had 66.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital also made a $12.6 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Malcolm Fairbairn’s Ascend Capital, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Enstar Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESGR)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is best served when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, Enstar Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESGR) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Enstar Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESGR). These stocks are Kemper Corporation (NYSE:KMPR), The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG), MBIA Inc. (NYSE:MBI), Mercury General Corporation (NYSE:MCY), and Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:ENH). All of these stocks are in the property & casualty insurance industry and their market caps are closest to ESGR’s market cap.

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