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Is SVB Financial Group (SIVB) A Good Stock To Buy?

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There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Carl Icahn and George Soros think. Those hedge fund operators make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other successful funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB) .

SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB)investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. SIVB was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with SIVB holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SIVB to other stocks including Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY), East West Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EWBC), and Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 10% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards SIVB over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s review 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 publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Fisher Asset Management, led by Ken Fisher, holds the number one position in SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB). Fisher Asset Management has a $180.2 million position in the stock. The second largest stake is held by Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, which holds a $75.9 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions consist of Martin D. Sass’ MD Sass, Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital and Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital. 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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