Should You Avoid Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (AWH)?

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Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH) has experienced a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately.

Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH)

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a look at the recent action encompassing Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH).

How have hedgies been trading Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -7% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the biggest position in Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH), worth close to $86.5 million, comprising 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, with a $63.3 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

Since Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH) has faced a declination in interest from the smart money, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few money managers who sold off their entire stakes in Q1. Interestingly, Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital said goodbye to the biggest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we watch, totaling close to $7.3 million in stock.. Jim Simons’s fund, Renaissance Technologies, also cut its stock, about $5.3 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds in Q1.

How are insiders trading Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Allied World Assurance Co Holdings, AG. (NYSE:AWH). These stocks are Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited (NYSE:AHL), First American Financial Corp (NYSE:FAF), White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd (NYSE:WTM), ProAssurance Corporation (NYSE:PRA), and Alterra Capital Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ:ALTE). All of these stocks are in the property & casualty insurance industry and their market caps match AWH’s market cap.

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