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Should You Avoid IBERIABANK Corporation (IBKC)?

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The elite funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at IBERIABANK Corporation (NASDAQ:IBKC) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Is IBERIABANK Corporation (NASDAQ:IBKC) a splendid investment right now? Investors who are in the know are becoming less confident. The number of long hedge fund bets were trimmed by 2 recently. It is important to note that the shares of IBERIABANK Corporation (NASDAQ:IBKC) were down 14.69% during the third quarter, following a similar path as that of the hedge fund sentiment.

In order to find out more about the hedge fund behavior, we will compare IBERIABANK Corporation (NASDAQ:IBKC) to other stocks, including Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN), Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS), and Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s review the latest action regarding IBERIABANK Corporation (NASDAQ:IBKC).

How have hedgies been trading IBERIABANK Corporation (NASDAQ:IBKC)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a decrease of 20% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the biggest position in IBERIABANK Corporation (NASDAQ:IBKC). Citadel Investment Group has a $49 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Mark Lee of Forest Hill Capital, with a $45.1 million position; the fund has 4.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish encompass Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Lee Munder’s Lee Munder Capital Group.

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