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Is Fulton Financial Corp (FULT) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Fulton Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FULT) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Is Fulton Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FULT) a buy here? The smart money is indeed in a bullish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings went up by 2 recently. FULT was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with FULT 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 Versum Materials Inc (NYSE:VSM), FireEye Inc (NASDAQ:FEYE), and Pinnacle Financial Partners (NASDAQ:PNFP) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the new action surrounding Fulton Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FULT).

How have hedgies been trading Fulton Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FULT)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 25% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 8 hedge funds with a bullish position in FULT at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management has the biggest position in Fulton Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FULT), worth close to $25.6 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. On AQR Capital Management’s heels is Alpenglow Capital, led by Sharif Siddiqui, which holds a $5 million position; the fund has 4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism contain Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Solomon Kumin’s Folger Hill Asset Management and Tom Russo’s Gardner Russo & Gardner. 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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