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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About MGIC Investment Corporation (MTG)

Reymerlyn Martin

How do we determine whether MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG) makes for a good investment at the moment? We analyze the sentiment of a select group of the very best investors in the world, who spend immense amounts of time and resources studying companies. They may not always be right (no one is), but data shows that their consensus long positions have historically outperformed the market when we adjust for known risk factors.

MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently. Our calculations also showed that MTG isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Noam Gottesman GLG Partners

Let's take a glance at the recent hedge fund action regarding MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG).

What have hedge funds been doing with MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG)?

At Q1's end, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -9% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 32 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in MTG a year ago. So, let's review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the biggest position in MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG). Renaissance Technologies has a $80.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by GLG Partners, managed by Noam Gottesman, which holds a $59.4 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism contain Steve Cohen's Point72 Asset Management, Cliff Asness's AQR Capital Management and Robert Joseph Caruso's Select Equity Group.

Since MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG) has faced declining sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there lies a certain "tier" of hedgies who sold off their full holdings by the end of the third quarter. Intriguingly, Jeffrey Hinkle's Shoals Capital Management dumped the biggest investment of the 700 funds tracked by Insider Monkey, comprising an estimated $12 million in stock. Steven Tananbaum's fund, GoldenTree Asset Management, also dumped its stock, about $10.4 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 3 funds by the end of the third quarter.

Let's go over hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG) but similarly valued. These stocks are ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT), First Citizens BancShares Inc. (NASDAQ:FCNCA), PLDT Inc. (NYSE:PHI), and ONE Gas Inc (NYSE:OGS). This group of stocks' market values resemble MTG's market value.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position VSAT,22,2119384,3 FCNCA,18,139967,-4 PHI,5,67170,0 OGS,15,100719,-2 Average,15,606810,-0.75 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 15 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $607 million. That figure was $393 million in MTG's case. ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand PLDT Inc. (NYSE:PHI) is the least popular one with only 5 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 1.9% in Q2 through May 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 3 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on MTG as the stock returned 4.1% during the same period and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were clearly right about piling into this stock relative to other stocks with similar market capitalizations.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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