Is RNR Stock A Buy or Sell?

Out of thousands of stocks that are currently traded on the market, it is difficult to identify those that will really generate strong returns. Hedge funds and institutional investors spend millions of dollars on analysts with MBAs and PhDs, who are industry experts and well connected to other industry and media insiders on top of that. Individual investors can piggyback the hedge funds employing these talents and can benefit from their vast resources and knowledge in that way. We analyze quarterly 13F filings of nearly 900 hedge funds and, by looking at the smart money sentiment that surrounds a stock, we can determine whether it has the potential to beat the market over the long-term. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at what smart money thinks about RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR).

Is RNR stock a buy or sell? The smart money was taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund positions moved up by 2 recently. RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR) was in 39 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of December. The all time high for this statistic is 41. Our calculations also showed that RNR isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q4 rankings). There were 37 hedge funds in our database with RNR positions at the end of the third quarter.

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Do Hedge Funds Think RNR Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 39 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 5% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in RNR over the last 22 quarters. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Is RNR A Good Stock To Buy?

The largest stake in RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR) was held by Samlyn Capital, which reported holding $112.3 million worth of stock at the end of December. It was followed by Polar Capital with a $94 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Diamond Hill Capital, Renaissance Technologies, and AQR Capital Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position BlueMar Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR), around 6.82% of its 13F portfolio. Abrams Bison Investments is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 5.11 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to RNR.

Consequently, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, established the biggest position in RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR). Adage Capital Management had $21.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw also initiated a $15 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new RNR positions are Daniel Johnson’s Gillson Capital, Nicholas Bagnall’s Te Ahumairangi Investment Management, and Allon Hellmann’s Full18 Capital.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Lamar Advertising Company (NASDAQ:LAMR), Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI), Carlisle Companies, Inc. (NYSE:CSL), Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ:GNTX), Arch Coal Inc (NYSE:ACI), SEI Investments Company (NASDAQ:SEIC), and Sensata Technologies Holding plc (NYSE:ST). This group of stocks’ market values match RNR’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
LAMR 36 528338 -1
IPHI 34 1272318 0
CSL 17 192963 -11
GNTX 36 665709 -4
ACI 19 2754401 -7
SEIC 33 281973 -3
ST 35 1635842 -2
Average 30 1047363 -4

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 30 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1047 million. That figure was $669 million in RNR’s case. Lamar Advertising Company (NASDAQ:LAMR) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Carlisle Companies, Inc. (NYSE:CSL) is the least popular one with only 17 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for RNR is 85.5. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. Our calculations showed that top 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 81.2% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 26 percentage points. These stocks gained 5.3% in 2021 through March 19th and still beat the market by 0.8 percentage points. Unfortunately RNR wasn’t nearly as popular as these 30 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on RNR were disappointed as the stock returned -1.8% since the end of the fourth quarter (through 3/19) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market since 2019.

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