Reputable billionaire investors such as Nelson Peltz and David Tepper generate exorbitant profits for their wealthy accredited investors (a minimum of $1 million in investable assets would be required to invest in a hedge fund and most successful hedge funds won’t accept your savings unless you commit at least $5 million) by pinpointing winning small-cap stocks. There is little or no publicly-available information at all on some of these small companies, which makes it hard for an individual investor to pin down a winner within the small-cap space. However, hedge funds and other big asset managers can do the due diligence and analysis for you instead, thanks to their highly-skilled research teams and vast resources to conduct an appropriate evaluation process. Looking for potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks? We believe following the smart money is a good starting point.
One stock that registered an increase in attention from smart money investors last quarter is Eagle Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGBN), in which 16 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions at the end of September, compared to 12 funds at the end of June. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Steelcase Inc. (NYSE:SCS), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), and Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s review the latest action regarding Eagle Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGBN).
What does the smart money think about Eagle Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGBN)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Eagle Bancorp, which represents a gain of 33% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 12 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in EGBN heading into 2016. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Fred Cummings’ Elizabeth Park Capital Management holds the largest position in Eagle Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGBN), having reported an $8.6 million stake, comprising 3.8% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Mark Lee’s Forest Hill Capital which holds a $5.4 million position; the fund has 2.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions consist of Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, and Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital. 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.