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Is TPRE a good stock to buy now? The best stock pickers were getting more optimistic. The number of long hedge fund bets increased by 1 in recent months. Third Point Reinsurance Ltd (NYSE:TPRE) was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistic is 20. Our calculations also showed that TPRE isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks). There were 18 hedge funds in our database with TPRE holdings at the end of June.
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Do Hedge Funds Think TPRE Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2020, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 6% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 20 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in TPRE a year ago. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
The largest stake in Third Point Reinsurance Ltd (NYSE:TPRE) was held by Renaissance Technologies, which reported holding $6.9 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Arrowstreet Capital with a $6.2 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included D E Shaw, Sonic Capital, and Arbiter Partners Capital Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Sonic Capital allocated the biggest weight to Third Point Reinsurance Ltd (NYSE:TPRE), around 1.96% of its 13F portfolio. Factorial Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.68 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to TPRE.
As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, assembled the most valuable position in Third Point Reinsurance Ltd (NYSE:TPRE). Millennium Management had $0.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Michael Gelband’s ExodusPoint Capital also made a $0.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new TPRE positions are Greg Eisner’s Engineers Gate Manager and Benjamin A. Smith’s Laurion Capital Management.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Third Point Reinsurance Ltd (NYSE:TPRE) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Maverix Metals Inc. (NYSE:MMX), Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc. (NYSE:BCSF), LeMaitre Vascular Inc (NASDAQ:LMAT), Argan, Inc. (NYSE:AGX), BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI), Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLAB), and American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AXL). This group of stocks’ market valuations match TPRE’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 13.6 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $50 million. That figure was $30 million in TPRE’s case. American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AXL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand LeMaitre Vascular Inc (NASDAQ:LMAT) is the least popular one with only 7 bullish hedge fund positions. Third Point Reinsurance Ltd (NYSE:TPRE) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for TPRE is 74.5. 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 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10 percentage points. These stocks gained 30.7% in 2020 through December 14th and still beat the market by 15.8 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on TPRE as the stock returned 36.5% since the end of Q3 (through 12/14) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.
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