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NMI Holdings Inc (NMIH) Attracting the Attention of Smart Money

The worries about the economic slowdown in China and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases triggered several waves of equity sell-offs during the third quarter. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers had to stomach substantial losses during the bloody three-month period, which might have caused some to consider fleeing the U.S. equity markets. Interestingly, smaller-cap stocks registered higher losses than large-capitalization stocks during the September quarter, suggesting that institutional investors heavily discarded seemingly riskier equities amid high uncertainty and turmoil. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index lost 11.9% in the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark declined a mere 6.4%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH).

Is NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH) a bargain? Investors who are in the know are becoming more confident. The number of long hedge fund bets advanced by 4 lately. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Trevena Inc (NASDAQ:TRVN), Sabine Royalty Trust (NYSE:SBR), and Neuroderm Ltd (NASDAQ:NDRM) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a peek at the new action surrounding NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH).

What have hedge funds been doing with NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a gain of 20% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or had already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Hayman Advisors, managed by Kyle Bass, holds the largest position in NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH). Hayman Advisors has a $56 million position in the stock, comprising 25.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second-largest stake is held by Oaktree Capital Management, led by Howard Marks, holding a $41.6 million position; 0.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers with similar optimism comprise John Khoury’s Long Pond Capital, Brian Riano, John Eckerson, Sean Fahey and Albert Marino’s Claren Road Asset Management, and Paul Orlin and Alex Porter’s Amici Capital.

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