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Is Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (BRKL) A Good Stock To Buy?

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKL).

Is Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKL) ready to rally soon? The smart money is actually reducing their bets on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings retreated by 2 lately. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with BRKL positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Jumei International Holding Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:JMEI), Eclipse Resources Corp (NYSE:ECR), and A. Schulman Inc (NASDAQ:SHLM) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the key action surrounding Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKL).

How are hedge funds trading Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKL)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 15% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 12 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in BRKL heading into this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the biggest position in Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKL), worth close to $11.5 million, accounting for less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Bernard Horn of Polaris Capital Management, which oversees a $10.8 million position; 0.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers that are bullish contain Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management 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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