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Do Hedge Funds Love Preferred Bank (PFBC)?

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We have been waiting for this for a year and finally the third quarter ended up showing a nice bump in the performance of small-cap stocks. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 were up since the end of the second quarter, but small-cap stocks outperformed the large-cap stocks by double digits. This is important for hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, because their investors started pulling some of their capital out due to poor recent performance. It is very likely that equity hedge funds will deliver better risk adjusted returns in the second half of this year. In this article we are going to look at how this recent market trend affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC), and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.

Hedge fund interest in Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC) shares was flat at the end of last quarter, with 9 hedge funds bullish on the company. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare PFBC to other stocks including Minerva Neurosciences Inc (NASDAQ:NERV), Trupanion Inc (NYSE:TRUP), and Camden National Corporation (NASDAQ:CAC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 7 hedge funds with a bullish position in PFBC at the beginning of this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

HedgeFund

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Basswood Capital, led by Matthew Lindenbaum, holds the biggest position in Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC). Basswood Capital has a $20.5 million position in the stock, comprising 1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, with a $12.1 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions contain Fred Cummings’ Elizabeth Park Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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