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What Hedge Funds Think About SunTrust Banks, Inc. (STI)

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What’s more, we’re going to examine the newest info for SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI).

SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI)

Hedge fund activity in SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI)

Heading into Q3, a total of 32 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 3% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, Pine River Capital Management, managed by Brian Taylor, holds the largest position in SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI). Pine River Capital Management has a $44.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.7% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Crispin Odey of Odey Asset Management Group, with a $27.5 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism include Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and David Harding’s Winton Capital Management.

With a general bullishness amongst the titans, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Pine River Capital Management, managed by Brian Taylor, created the biggest position in SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI). Pine River Capital Management had 44.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Crispin Odey’s Odey Asset Management Group also initiated a $27.5 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new STI positions are Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and David Harding’s Winton Capital Management.

How are insiders trading SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time frame, SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Using the results demonstrated by Insider Monkey’s strategies, average investors should always keep one eye on hedge fund and insider trading activity, and SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI) is an important part of this process.

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