The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG).
Is Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG) an excellent stock to buy now? Hedge funds are indeed in a bearish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings retreated by 2 in recent months. EIG was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with EIG holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare EIG to other stocks including Meritor Inc (NYSE:MTOR), Monmouth R.E. Inv. Corp. (NYSE:MNR), and Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GHDX) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Hedge fund activity in Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG)
At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 17% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in EIG over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s see 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, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the number one position in Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG), worth close to $9.4 million. On AQR Capital Management’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holding a $7.2 million position. Some other peers that are bullish include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital. We should note that none of these hedge funds 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.