We started seeing tectonic shifts in the market during the third quarter. Small-cap stocks underperformed the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points between the end of June 2015 and the end of June 2016. A mean reversion in trends bumped small-cap stocks’ return to almost 9% in Q3, outperforming their large-cap peers by 5 percentage points. The momentum in small-cap space hasn’t subsided during this quarter either. Small-cap stocks beat large-cap stocks by another 5 percentage points during the first 7 weeks of this quarter. Hedge funds and institutional investors tracked by Insider Monkey usually invest a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks. We have been receiving indications that hedge funds were boosting their overall exposure and this is one of the factors behind the recent movements in major indices. In this article, we will take a closer look at hedge fund sentiment towards RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR) .
Is RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR) undervalued? The best stock pickers are betting on the stock. The number of long hedge fund investments grew by 2 in recent months. RNRwas in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with RNR holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare RNR to other stocks including Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE:ORI), Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA), and Tegna Inc (NYSE:TGNA) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the fresh action encompassing RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR).
How have hedgies been trading RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a rise of 13% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards RNR over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Gavin M. Abrams’ Abrams Bison Investments has the most valuable position in RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR), worth close to $75.2 million, amounting to 8.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Hillhouse Capital Management, led by Lei Zhang, holding a $51.4 million position; the fund has 1.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism consist of Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar 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.