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Is Cathay General Bancorp (CATY) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Hedge fund interest in Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) shares was flat at the end of last quarter; 12 investors reported long positions in the company at the end of September. 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 EverBank Financial Corp (NYSE:EVER), BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:BGCP), and Eastgroup Properties Inc (NYSE:EGP) to gather more data points.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. By comparison, 12 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CATY heading into this year. 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 Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management has the most valuable position in Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY), worth close to $17.9 million. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Ionic Capital Management, led by Bart Baum, which holds a $4.3 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, and Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world. 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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