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Is TrustCo Bank Corp NY (TRST) A Good Stock to Buy?

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Investing in hedge funds can bring large profits, but it’s not for everybody, since hedge funds are available only for high-net-worth individuals. They generate significant returns for investors to justify their large fees and they allocate a lot of time and employ a complex analysis to determine the best stocks to invest in. A particularly interesting group of stocks that hedge funds like is the small-caps. The huge amount of capital does not allow hedge funds to invest a lot in small-caps, but our research showed that their most popular small-cap ideas are less efficiently priced and generate stronger returns than their large- and mega-cap picks and the broader market. That is why we follow the hedge fund activity in the small-cap space.

TrustCo Bank Corp NY (NASDAQ:TRST) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September, same as at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare TRST to other stocks including Flushing Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:FFIC), Civitas Solutions Inc (NYSE:CIVI), and MGP Ingredients Inc (NASDAQ:MGPI) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading TrustCo Bank Corp NY (NASDAQ:TRST)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards TRST over the last 5 quarters, which is holding steady at its peak for the year. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the most valuable position in TrustCo Bank Corp NY (NASDAQ:TRST). Royce & Associates has a $58 million position in the stock. On Royce & Associates’ heels is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holding an $8.4 million position. Other members of the smart money that are bullish include Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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-micro-cap stocks.

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