Should I Avoid Radian Group Inc (RDN)?

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Radian Group Inc (NYSE:RDN) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund interest recently. Radian Group Inc (NYSE:RDN) was in 30 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021. The all time high for this statistic is 38. There were 37 hedge funds in our database with RDN positions at the end of the fourth quarter. Our calculations also showed that RDN isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings).

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

At the end of March, a total of 30 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -19% from the fourth quarter of 2020. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards RDN over the last 23 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Is RDN A Good Stock To Buy?

Among these funds, King Street Capital held the most valuable stake in Radian Group Inc (NYSE:RDN), which was worth $76.1 million at the end of the fourth quarter. On the second spot was Rima Senvest Management which amassed $69.7 million worth of shares. Redwood Capital Management, GoldenTree Asset Management, and Arrowstreet Capital were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Callodine Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Radian Group Inc (NYSE:RDN), around 8.63% of its 13F portfolio. King Street Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 5.69 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to RDN.

Because Radian Group Inc (NYSE:RDN) has experienced a decline in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of hedge funds who were dropping their entire stakes in the first quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management said goodbye to the largest position of all the hedgies monitored by Insider Monkey, totaling an estimated $9.5 million in stock. Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin’s fund, Senator Investment Group, also cut its stock, about $9.1 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 7 funds in the first quarter.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Radian Group Inc (NYSE:RDN). We will take a look at ACI Worldwide Inc (NASDAQ:ACIW), VIZIO Holding Corp. (NYSE:VZIO), UMB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:UMBF), Sterling Bancorp (NYSE:STL), Rayonier Inc. (NYSE:RYN), DigitalOcean Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DOCN), and Diversey Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:DSEY). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to RDN’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
ACIW 23 686814 -7
VZIO 19 126361 19
UMBF 13 106723 -7
STL 20 343567 1
RYN 18 428689 2
DOCN 22 197674 22
DSEY 21 284464 21
Average 19.4 310613 7.3

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 19.4 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $311 million. That figure was $436 million in RDN’s case. ACI Worldwide Inc (NASDAQ:ACIW) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand UMB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:UMBF) is the least popular one with only 13 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Radian Group Inc (NYSE:RDN) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for RDN is 71.7. 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 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 95.8% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 40 percentage points. These stocks gained 22.8% in 2021 through July 2nd and still beat the market by 6 percentage points. Unfortunately RDN wasn’t nearly as popular as these 5 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on RDN were disappointed as the stock returned -2.5% since the end of the first quarter (through 7/2) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market since 2019.

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