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Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH) investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers recently. AWH was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with AWH 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 Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTEN), Enstar Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESGR), and CNO Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CNO) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action regarding Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH).
How are hedge funds trading Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, down 11% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in AWH over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw holds the most valuable position in Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $48.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $45 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that are bullish comprise Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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.