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OceanFirst Financial Corp. (OCFC): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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OceanFirst Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:OCFC) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. OCFC investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with OCFC positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a gander at the key action surrounding OceanFirst Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:OCFC).

How are hedge funds trading OceanFirst Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:OCFC)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 50% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly.

OceanFirst Financial Corp. (OCFC)When looking at the hedgies we track, Gregg J. Powers’s Private Capital Management had the most valuable position in OceanFirst Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:OCFC), worth close to $4.3 million, comprising 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. On Private Capital Management’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $3.2 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that are bullish include John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

As industrywide interest jumped, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, created the most outsized position in OceanFirst Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:OCFC). D E Shaw had 0.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management also made a $0.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter.

What have insiders been doing with OceanFirst Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:OCFC)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time period, OceanFirst Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:OCFC) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to OceanFirst Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:OCFC). These stocks are Fox Chase Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:FXCB), United Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:UBNK), First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF), Waterstone Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSBF), and Bank Mutual Corporation (NASDAQ:BKMU). All of these stocks are in the savings & loans industry and their market caps are closest to OCFC’s market cap.

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