Is Wintrust Financial Corp (NASDAQ:WTFC) a safe investment now? Prominent investors are getting more bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund positions went up by 7 in recent months.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the latest action regarding Wintrust Financial Corp (NASDAQ:WTFC).
What does the smart money think about Wintrust Financial Corp (NASDAQ:WTFC)?
Heading into Q2, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 88% from the previous quarter.
As industrywide interest jumped, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, created the most valuable position in Wintrust Financial Corp (NASDAQ:WTFC). Renaissance Technologies had 6.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors also initiated a $2.1 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new WTFC positions are Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital, Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.
What have insiders been doing with Wintrust Financial Corp (NASDAQ:WTFC)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time period, Wintrust Financial Corp (NASDAQ:WTFC) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Wintrust Financial Corp (NASDAQ:WTFC). These stocks are Firstmerit Corp (NASDAQ:FMER), PrivateBancorp Inc (NASDAQ:PVTB), MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:MBFI), and Old National Bancorp (NYSE:ONB). This group of stocks are the members of the regional – midwest banks industry and their market caps are similar to WTFC’s market cap.