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Stonegate Bank (SGBK) 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 Stonegate Bank (NASDAQ:SGBK) .

Stonegate Bank (NASDAQ:SGBK) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest lately. SGBK was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with SGBK positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SGBK to other stocks including The First of Long Island Corporation (NASDAQ:FLIC), EZCORP Inc (NASDAQ:EZPW), and Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading Stonegate Bank (NASDAQ:SGBK)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a rise of 36% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in SGBK over the last 5 quarters. 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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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Seidman Investment Partnership, led by Lawrence Seidman, holds the biggest position in Stonegate Bank (NASDAQ:SGBK). Seidman Investment Partnership has a $20.3 million position in the stock, comprising 14.2% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, which holds an $8.7 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions include Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital, Mark Lee’s Forest Hill Capital and Israel Englander’s Millennium 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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