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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (SBCF)

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Is Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ:SBCF) an exceptional stock to buy now? The best stock pickers are categorically becoming more confident. The number of bullish hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings inched up by 1 recently. SBCF was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with SBCF 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 Ardelyx Inc (NASDAQ:ARDX), Intellia Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:NTLA), and National Presto Industries Inc. (NYSE:NPK) to gather more data points.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ:SBCF)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a rise of 8% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 12 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in SBCF heading into this year. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital has the largest position in Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ:SBCF), worth close to $34.9 million, corresponding to 1.7% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Israel Englander of Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world, which reported a $9.3 million position. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Gregg J. Powers’ Private Capital Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Paul Magidson, Jonathan Cohen. And Ostrom Enders’ Castine 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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