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How ConnectOne Bancorp Inc (CNOB) Stacks Up Against Its Peers

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ConnectOne Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CNOB) has seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. CNOB was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with CNOB holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CNOB to other stocks including Ellington Financial LLC (NYSE:EFC), Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. (NYSEMKT:PARR), and MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE:HZO) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in ConnectOne Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CNOB)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, down by 13% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in CNOB over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s check out 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, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the number one position in ConnectOne Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CNOB). Renaissance Technologies has a $14.2 million position in the stock. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is William Black of Consector Capital, with a $3.1 million position; the fund has 6.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism encompass Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. 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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