RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (RNR): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It

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RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest lately.

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR)

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a glance at the key action regarding RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR).

Hedge fund activity in RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR)

At Q1’s end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 33% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

Of the funds we track, SAC Capital Advisors, managed by Steven Cohen, holds the biggest position in RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR). SAC Capital Advisors has a $126.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.6% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is SAC Subsidiary of CR Intrinsic Investors, with a $43.4 million position; 1.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedgies that are bullish include Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital, Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital and Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management.

Consequently, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. CR Intrinsic Investors, managed by SAC Subsidiary, assembled the biggest position in RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR). CR Intrinsic Investors had 43.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management also made a $6.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new RNR investors: Anil Stevens and Glenn Shapiro’s Parameter Capital Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.

How are insiders trading RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time frame, RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 9 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR). These stocks are Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL), White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd (NYSE:WTM), HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HCC), American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG), and Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE:VR). This group of stocks are in the property & casualty insurance industry and their market caps are similar to RNR’s market cap.

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