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Is Kinsale Capital Group Inc (NASDAQ:KNSL) a superb stock to buy now? The best stock pickers are undeniably taking a bullish view. The number of long hedge fund bets went up by 6 lately. KNSL was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 0 hedge funds in our database with KNSL holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare KNSL to other stocks including Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:UEPS), Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAYN), and NACCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s analyze the key action regarding Kinsale Capital Group Inc (NASDAQ:KNSL).
How have hedgies been trading Kinsale Capital Group Inc (NASDAQ:KNSL)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, whereas none of the funds had this stock in their portfolios just one quarter before. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards KNSL over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Ira Unschuld’s Brant Point Investment Management has the biggest position in Kinsale Capital Group Inc (NASDAQ:KNSL), worth close to $5.1 million, comprising 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis of Canyon Capital Advisors, who manage a $2.3 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers with similar optimism encompass Mark Kingdon’s Kingdon Capital, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Benjamin A. Smith’s Laurion Capital Management. 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.