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Is International Bancshares Corp (IBOC) A Good Stock To Buy?

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International Bancshares Corp (NASDAQ:IBOC) investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. IBOC was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with IBOC holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare IBOC to other stocks including SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY), Cohen & Steers, Inc. (NYSE:CNS), and Surgical Care Affiliates Inc (NASDAQ:SCAI) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s check out the latest action regarding International Bancshares Corp (NASDAQ:IBOC).

How are hedge funds trading International Bancshares Corp (NASDAQ:IBOC)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -9% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in IBOC over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s check 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, Bernard Horn’s Polaris Capital Management has the number one position in International Bancshares Corp (NASDAQ:IBOC), worth close to $19.7 million, comprising 1.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell of Arrowstreet Capital holding a $5.7 million position. Remaining peers that are bullish include Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies which is one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and Roger Ibbotson’s Zebra Capital 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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