Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.
In this article, let’s take a closer look at Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE:AGO). Overall, the hedge fund sentiment towards the stock remained unchanged during the third quarter and 32 funds from our database held shares of the company at the end of September. However, 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 Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK), Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRX), and Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a glance at the recent action regarding Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE:AGO).
What does the smart money think about Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE:AGO)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Assured Guaranty. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Fine Capital Partners, managed by Debra Fine, holds the biggest position in Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE:AGO). Fine Capital Partners has a $90.2 million position in the stock, comprising 9.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management holding a $62.9 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions encompass Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.