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Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love City National Corp (CYN)?

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Thus, we’re going to examine the recent info about City National Corp (NYSE:CYN).

What have hedge funds been doing with City National Corp (NYSE:CYN)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 22 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 22% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

City National Corp (NYSE:CYN)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Ariel Investments, managed by John W. Rogers, holds the biggest position in City National Corp (NYSE:CYN). Ariel Investments has a $150.9 million position in the stock, comprising 2.5% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Robert Pohly of Samlyn Capital, with a $56.2 million position; the fund has 1.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management, Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.

As one would understandably expect, certain bigger names have jumped into City National Corp (NYSE:CYN) headfirst. Ariel Investments, managed by John W. Rogers, initiated the biggest position in City National Corp (NYSE:CYN). Ariel Investments had 150.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital also made a $56.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new CYN investors: Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management, Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital, and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.

Insider trading activity in City National Corp (NYSE:CYN)

Insider buying is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time period, City National Corp (NYSE:CYN) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to City National Corp (NYSE:CYN). These stocks are Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY), Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION), Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE:BOH), East West Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EWBC), and SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB). This group of stocks are in the regional – pacific banks industry and their market caps match CYN’s market cap.

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