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NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH) was in 12 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018. NMIH shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with NMIH holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that nmih isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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Let's take a peek at the key hedge fund action encompassing NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH).
How are hedge funds trading NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -20% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 16 hedge funds with a bullish position in NMIH at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds' capital changing hands, there exists an "upper tier" of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Among these funds, Oaktree Capital Management held the most valuable stake in NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH), which was worth $128.7 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Renaissance Technologies which amassed $42.9 million worth of shares. Moreover, Driehaus Capital, Royce & Associates, and Millennium Management were also bullish on NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.
Seeing as NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH) has experienced declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, it's safe to say that there lies a certain "tier" of hedgies that slashed their entire stakes last quarter. At the top of the heap, Shawn Bergerson and Martin Kalish's Waterstone Capital Management dumped the biggest position of the 700 funds followed by Insider Monkey, totaling close to $1.9 million in stock, and Mike Vranos's Ellington was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $1.1 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 3 funds last quarter.
Let's also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH). We will take a look at PIMCO Corporate&Income Opportunity Fund (NYSE:PTY), Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOLD), Boingo Wireless Inc (NASDAQ:WIFI), and Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG). This group of stocks' market values are similar to NMIH's market value.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position PTY,2,627,-1 BOLD,17,402777,-6 WIFI,17,201486,4 EIG,15,67928,-1 Average,12.75,168205,-1 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 12.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $168 million. That figure was $197 million in NMIH's case. Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOLD) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand PIMCO Corporate&Income Opportunity Fund (NYSE:PTY) is the least popular one with only 2 bullish hedge fund positions. NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we'd rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard BOLD might be a better candidate to consider a long position.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.