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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Hilltop Holdings Inc. (HTH)

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The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH) .

Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH) was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. HTH investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest of late. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with HTH holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare HTH to other stocks including INC Research Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:INCR), Northstar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE:NRF), and Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 7% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in HTH over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management holds the biggest position in Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH). Millennium Management has a $13.3 million position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Ratan Capital Group, led by Nehal Chopra, holding a $6.5 million position; the fund has 4.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism contain Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, and Cliff Asness’ AQR 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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