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Hedge Funds Are Buying BOK Financial Corporation (BOKF)

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Thus, let’s study the recent info surrounding BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:BOKF).

What have hedge funds been doing with BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:BOKF)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 20% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully.

BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:BOKF)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the most valuable position in BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:BOKF). Royce & Associates has a $35.6 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $8.1 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Murray Stahl’s Horizon Asset Management and David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management.

As aggregate interest spiked, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, assembled the most valuable position in BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:BOKF). Royce & Associates had 35.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also initiated a $8.1 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new BOKF positions are Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Murray Stahl’s Horizon Asset Management, and David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:BOKF)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time period, BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:BOKF) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:BOKF). These stocks are Texas Capital Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:TCBI), UMB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:UMBF), Prosperity Bancshares, Inc. (NYSE:PB), Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH), and Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE:CFR). This group of stocks are in the regional – southwest banks industry and their market caps are similar to BOKF’s market cap.

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