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M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest recently. At the end of this article we will also compare MDC to other stocks including Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS), First Interstate Bancsystem Inc (NASDAQ:FIBK), and Columbia Pipeline Partners LP (NYSE:CPPL) 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 M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC).
What does the smart money think about M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -27% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exist a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the largest position in M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC). Royce & Associates has an $17.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Millennium Management, led by Israel Englander, holding an $14.2 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish encompass Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management, John Thiessen’s Vertex One Asset Management and Steve Leonard’s Pacifica Capital Investments.