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.
Is Opus Bank (NASDAQ:OPB) a good stock to buy now? Investors who are in the know are actually becoming less hopeful. The number of long hedge fund investments experienced a decline of 3 recently. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with OPB holdings at the end of the 2016 third quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Amplify Snack Brands Inc (NYSE:BETR), Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE), and Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:LORL) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s check out the latest action encompassing Opus Bank (NASDAQ:OPB).
How are hedge funds trading Opus Bank (NASDAQ:OPB)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decline of 23% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 18 hedge funds with a bullish position in OPB at the beginning of this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Paul Singer’s Elliott Management has the number one position in Opus Bank (NASDAQ:OPB), worth close to $178.7 million, comprising 1.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is David Abrams of Abrams Capital Management, with a $37.2 million position; the fund has 1.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism encompass Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital, Fred Cummings’ Elizabeth Park Capital Management and William Black’s Consector 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.