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Is Simmons First National Corporation (SFNC) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC).

Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare SFNC to other stocks including New York REIT Inc (NYSE:NYRT), Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY), and Rexford Industrial Realty Inc (NYSE:REXR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to take a peek at the new action regarding Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC).

How are hedge funds trading Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 9 hedge funds with a bullish position in SFNC at the beginning of this year. So, let’s examine 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, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the number one position in Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $6.5 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Zebra Capital Management, led by Roger Ibbotson, which holds a $1.1 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions comprise Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens 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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