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Regional Management Corp (NYSE:RM) was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. RM investors should pay attention to an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers of late. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with RM holdings 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 Skullcandy Inc (NASDAQ:SKUL), Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMBC), and Westmoreland Coal Company (NASDAQ:WLB) to gather more data points.
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What have hedge funds been doing with Regional Management Corp (NYSE:RM)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 23% gain from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards RM over the last 5 quarters, which shows hedge fund sentiment rebounding over the past 2 quarters. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Basswood Capital, led by Matthew Lindenbaum, holds the number one position in Regional Management Corp (NYSE:RM). Basswood Capital has a $21 million position in the stock, comprising 1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Second Curve Capital, led by Tom Brown, which holds a $20.6 million position; 11.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions comprise Gregory Summe’s Glen Capital Partners, Phil Frohlich’s Prescott Group Capital Management, and J. Carlo Cannell’s Cannell Capital. 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.