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Hedge Funds Are Selling Oritani Financial Corp. (ORIT)

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Oritani Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ORIT)Oritani Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ORIT) has seen a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months.

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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a gander at the latest action surrounding Oritani Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ORIT).

What have hedge funds been doing with Oritani Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ORIT)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -25% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the largest position in Oritani Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ORIT). Citadel Investment Group has a $9.9 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $9.7 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Joseph A. Jolson’s Harvest Capital Strategies and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Since Oritani Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ORIT) has witnessed falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of funds that decided to sell off their entire stakes last quarter. Intriguingly, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management sold off the largest investment of all the hedgies we monitor, worth close to $0.9 million in stock., and Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold of LMR Partners was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $0.2 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds last quarter.

How have insiders been trading Oritani Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ORIT)?

Insider buying is most useful when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, Oritani Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ORIT) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Oritani Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ORIT). These stocks are Boston Private Financial Hldg Inc (NASDAQ:BPFH), NBT Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:NBTB), Northfield Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:NFBK), Independent Bank Corp (NASDAQ:INDB), and First Commonwealth Financial (NYSE:FCF). All of these stocks are in the regional – northeast banks industry and their market caps are closest to ORIT’s market cap.

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