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PennyMac Financial Services Inc (PFSI) Hedge Funds Are Snapping Up

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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 PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI).

PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI) investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. PFSI was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with PFSI positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare PFSI to other stocks including AV Homes Inc (NASDAQ:AVHI), Steel Partners Holdings LP (NYSE:SPLP), and Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI)

At Q3’s end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, an increase of 8% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 15 hedge funds with a bullish position in PFSI at the beginning of this year. 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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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Omega Advisors, led by Leon Cooperman, holds the number one position in PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI). Omega Advisors has a $39.3 million position in the stock, comprising 1.2% of its 13F portfolio. On Omega Advisors’ heels is Rima Senvest Management, led by Richard Mashaal, which holds a $35 million position; the fund has 2.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Andrew Goldman’s Seven Locks Capital Management, Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital and Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro’s PAR 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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