Should You Invest in NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc (NSAM)?

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We have been waiting for this for a year and finally the third quarter ended up showing a nice bump in the performance of small-cap stocks. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 were up since the end of the second quarter, but small-cap stocks outperformed the large-cap stocks by double digits. This is important for hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, because their investors started pulling some of their capital out due to poor recent performance. It is very likely that equity hedge funds will deliver better risk adjusted returns in the second half of this year. In this article we are going to look at how this recent market trend affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc (NYSE:NSAM), and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.

NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc (NYSE:NSAM) has witnessed a slight decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. The company was included in the equity portfolios of 47 funds from our database at the end of September, compared to 48 funds at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare NSAM to other stocks, including Synaptics, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA), Minerals Technologies Inc (NYSE:MTX), and Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ:SANM) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the key action surrounding NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc (NYSE:NSAM).

Hedge fund activity in NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc (NYSE:NSAM)

A total of 47 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in NorthStar Asset Management, down by 2% over the quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).


When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Marc Lisker, Glenn Fuhrman and John Phelan’s MSDC Management has the largest position in NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc (NYSE:NSAM), worth close to $165.2 million, comprising 13.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is David Abrams’ Abrams Capital Management, with a $141 million position; the fund has 7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions encompass Seth Klarman’s Baupost Groupand Brett Barakett’s Tremblant Capital.

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