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Do Hedge Funds Love Charter Financial Corp (CHFN)?

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Concerns over a shift in Fed’s easy monetary policy have hit several hedge funds hard during the third quarter. A number of sectors are in correction territory. More importantly, Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points between June 25, 2015 and October 30, 2015. Hedge funds and institutional investors tracked by Insider Monkey usually invest a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks. We have been receiving indications that hedge funds were paring back their overall exposure and this is one of the factors behind the recent movements in major indices. In this article, we will take a closer look at hedge fund sentiment towards Charter Financial Corp (NASDAQ:CHFN).

Charter Financial Corp (NASDAQ:CHFN) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare CHFN to other stocks, including Blue Bird Corp (NASDAQ:BLBD), Tribune Publishing Co (NYSE:TPUB), and Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:PPHM) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the latest action surrounding Charter Financial Corp (NASDAQ:CHFN).

How have hedgies been trading Charter Financial Corp (NASDAQ:CHFN)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Private Capital Management, managed by Gregg J. Powers, holds the number one position in Charter Financial Corp (NASDAQ:CHFN). Private Capital Management has an $11.1 million position in the stock, comprising 1.3% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies, which holds an $11 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Amy Minella’s Cardinal Capital, Paul J. Isaac’s Arbiter Partners Capital Management and Peter Muller’s PDT Partners.

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