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This Metric Says You Are Smart to Sell Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (DCOM)

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What’s a smart Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM) investor to do?

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Thus, we’re going to discuss the latest info for Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM).

Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM)

How have hedgies been trading Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -36% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

According to our 13F database, Bryn Mawr Capital, managed by Ken Gray and Steve Walsh, holds the biggest position in Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM). Bryn Mawr Capital has a $7.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.5% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Daniel Lascano of Lomas Capital Management, with a $3.1 million position; the fund has 1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital and Irving Kahn’s Kahn Brothers.

Judging by the fact that Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM) has faced dropping sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s safe to say that there were a few fund managers that slashed their full holdings last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies said goodbye to the biggest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, worth close to $0.5 million in stock, and Douglas W. Case of Advanced Investment Partners was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $0.4 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 4 funds last quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time frame, Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM). These stocks are Meridian Interstate Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBSB), Banner Corporation (NASDAQ:BANR), BofI Holding, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOFI), Roma Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:ROMA), and Flushing Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:FFIC). All of these stocks are in the savings & loans industry and their market caps match DCOM’s market cap.

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