The Navigators Group, Inc (NASDAQ:NAVG) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. NAVG investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with NAVG positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action encompassing The Navigators Group, Inc (NASDAQ:NAVG).
What does the smart money think about The Navigators Group, Inc (NASDAQ:NAVG)?
At Q1’s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 33% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.
According to our comprehensive database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the largest position in The Navigators Group, Inc (NASDAQ:NAVG), worth close to $19.5 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Ric Dillon of Diamond Hill Capital, with a $11.4 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.
Now, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, established the most outsized position in The Navigators Group, Inc (NASDAQ:NAVG). Millennium Management had 0.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Mike Vranos’s Ellington also initiated a $0.2 million position during the quarter.
What have insiders been doing with The Navigators Group, Inc (NASDAQ:NAVG)?
Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time frame, The Navigators Group, Inc (NASDAQ:NAVG) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to The Navigators Group, Inc (NASDAQ:NAVG). These stocks are Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG), Safety Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFT), Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLRE), Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MHLD), and Horace Mann Educators Corporation (NYSE:HMN). This group of stocks are in the property & casualty insurance industry and their market caps resemble NAVG’s market cap.