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Is BancorpSouth, Inc. (BXS) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge funds have been producing disappointing net returns in recent years, however that was partly due to the poor performance of small-cap stocks in general. Well, small-cap stocks finally turned the corner and have been beating the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points over the last 5 months.This means the relevancy of hedge funds’ public filings became inarguable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE:BXS).

BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE:BXS) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund interest recently. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with BXS positions at the end of September, down by 1 quarter-over-quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare BXS to other stocks including Cousins Properties Inc (NYSE:CUZ), Kate Spade & Co (NYSE:KATE), and Alamos Gold Inc (NYSE:AGI) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE:BXS)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 7% dip from the previous quarter. By comparison, 10 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in BXS heading into this year, so hedge fund ownership is still up by 30% in 2016 through September 30. So, let’s find 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 publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management has the largest position in BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE:BXS), worth close to $68.5 million. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world, with a $42.2 million position. Remaining peers that are bullish include Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. 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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