NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Goldman Sachs

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sees institutions allocating more money to hedge funds, the investment bank stated in a report Wednesday.

The report was on

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group

(OZM)

, one of the few publicly-traded hedge funds. Goldman analysts view Och-Ziff "as a share gainer as institutions migrate back to hedge funds -- a trend we expect to accelerate over the coming quarters," the report stated.

Och-Ziff's publicly-listed competitors

Blackstone Group

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and

Fortress Investment Group

(FIG)

are better known as private equity firms, though they have large hedge fund divisions, as do Goldman and other large banks like

JPMorgan Chase

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Citigroup

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and

Morgan Stanley

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.

These banks, and others like

Bank of America

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and

Barclays

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would also benefit from a hedge fund revival through their prime brokerage businesses, which provide services to hedge funds.

Total assets invested in hedge funds grew from $490 billion in 2000 to a peak of $1.87 trillion in 2007, according to estimates from

Hedge Fund Research

(HFR), which tracks the industry. The industry now stands at $1.54 trillion through the third quarter, having lost $154 billion in 2008 and $145 billion so far this year, according to HFR.

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Written by Dan Freed in New York

.