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Is Metro Bancorp Inc (METR) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Our extensive research has shown that imitating the smart money can generate significant returns for retail investors, which is why we track more than 700 prominent money managers and analyze their quarterly 13F filings. The stocks that are heavily bought by hedge funds historically outperformed the market, though there is no shortage of high profile gigantic failures like hedge funds’ recent losses in Valeant. Let’s take a closer look at what the funds we track think about Metro Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:METR) in this article.

Is Metro Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:METR) a first-rate investment now? Prominent investors are in a bullish mood. The number of long hedge fund bets rose by 2 lately. METR was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with METR positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare METR to other stocks including Concert Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:CNCE), Hawkins, Inc. (NASDAQ:HWKN), and The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCKT) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about Metro Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:METR)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 29% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exist a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital has the largest position in Metro Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:METR), worth close to $14.9 million, corresponding to 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. On Magnetar Capital’s heels is Paul Tudor Jones of Tudor Investment Corp, with an $8.1 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital and Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle’s Springbok Capital, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

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