Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips on the charts, usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. This time it may be different. During the third quarter we observed increased volatility and small-cap stocks underperformed the market. Hedge fund investor letters indicated that they are cutting their overall exposure, closing out some position and doubling down on others. Let’s take a look at the hedge fund sentiment towards Blue Hills Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:BHBK) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.
Hedge fund interest in Blue Hills Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:BHBK) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 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 Sangamo Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGMO), Donegal Group Inc (NASDAQ:DGICA), and Cascade Bancorp (NASDAQ:CACB) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to analyze the new action surrounding Blue Hills Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:BHBK).
How have hedgies been trading Blue Hills Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:BHBK)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the most valuable position in Blue Hills Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:BHBK), worth close to $9.7 million, amounting to 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is EJF Capital, led by Emanuel J. Friedman, holding an $6.9 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that are bullish consist of Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Paul J. Isaac’s Arbiter Partners Capital Management and Michael M. Rothenberg’s Moab Capital Partners.