Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love CVB Financial Corp. (CVBF)? – BBCN Bancorp, Inc. (BBCN), PacWest Bancorp (PACW)

Is CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CVBF) an excellent investment today? Investors who are in the know are in a bullish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets increased by 3 lately.

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CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CVBF)

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a glance at the key action surrounding CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CVBF).

Hedge fund activity in CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CVBF)

Heading into 2013, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 50% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

According to our comprehensive database, Bruce Kovner’s Caxton Associates LP had the biggest position in CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CVBF), worth close to $2.3 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, with a $2.1 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers with similar optimism include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

As aggregate interest increased, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, established the most outsized position in CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CVBF). Renaissance Technologies had 0.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors also made a $0.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new CVBF positions are Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments, and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CVBF)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time frame, CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CVBF) has seen 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CVBF). These stocks are Glacier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GBCI), BBCN Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBCN), PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ:PACW), WestAmerica Bancorp. (NASDAQ:WABC), and Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE:WAL). All of these stocks are in the regional – pacific banks industry and their market caps are closest to CVBF’s market cap.