Here is What Hedge Funds Think About RLI Corp. (RLI)

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RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI)RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest lately.

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action surrounding RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI).

How are hedge funds trading RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -14% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.

According to our comprehensive database, Tom Gayner’s Markel Gayner Asset Management had the most valuable position in RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI), worth close to $39.7 million, comprising 1.7% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, which held a $9.4 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Seeing as RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI) has witnessed falling interest from the smart money, it’s safe to say that there were a few funds who sold off their positions entirely at the end of the year. Interestingly, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies said goodbye to the largest stake of the 450+ funds we monitor, comprising about $2.1 million in stock.. D. E. Shaw’s fund, D E Shaw, also cut its stock, about $0.3 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds at the end of the year.

Insider trading activity in RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI)

Insider buying is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI). These stocks are Kemper Corporation (NYSE:KMPR), Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE:PTP), Radian Group Inc (NYSE:RDN), Selective Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SIGI), and Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:MRH). This group of stocks are in the property & casualty insurance industry and their market caps are closest to RLI’s market cap.

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