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Is FBR & Co (FBRC) A Good Stock To Buy?

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FBR & Co (NASDAQ:FBRC) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. FBRC shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with FBRC positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare FBRC to other stocks including Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRX), Perion Network Ltd (NASDAQ:PERI), and SCYNEXIS Inc (NASDAQ:SCYX) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s review the recent action regarding FBR & Co (NASDAQ:FBRC).

How are hedge funds trading FBR & Co (NASDAQ:FBRC)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 25% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in FBRC over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, PEAK6 Capital Management, led by Matthew Hulsizer, holds the largest position in FBR & Co (NASDAQ:FBRC). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $4.7 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $1.6 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions include D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Jeffrey E. Eberwein’s Lone Star Value Management. 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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