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Signature Bank (NASDAQ:SBNY) was in 29 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. SBNY has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest lately. There were 27 hedge funds in our database with SBNY positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Allegion PLC (NYSE:ALLE), Mallinckrodt PLC (NYSE:MNK), and CDW Corp (NASDAQ:CDW) to gather more data points.
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How have hedgies been trading Signature Bank (NASDAQ:SBNY)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a rise of 7% from the second quarter of 2016. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group has the most valuable position in Signature Bank (NASDAQ:SBNY), worth close to $160 million. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which holds a $55.6 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital and Matthew A. Weatherbie’s Weatherbie Capital.