The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. We have processed the filings of the more than 700 world-class investment firms that we track and now have access to the collective wisdom contained in these filings, which are based on their September 30 holdings, data that is available nowhere else. Should you consider Bank7 Corp. (NASDAQ:BSVN) for your portfolio? We’ll look to this invaluable collective wisdom for the answer.
Hedge fund interest in Bank7 Corp. (NASDAQ:BSVN) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 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 EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:EYPT), KVH Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:KVHI), and Fulgent Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLGT) to gather more data points. Our calculations also showed that BSVN isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video below for Q2 rankings).
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What does smart money think about Bank7 Corp. (NASDAQ:BSVN)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 3 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 8 hedge funds with a bullish position in BSVN a year ago. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
More specifically, Mendon Capital Advisors was the largest shareholder of Bank7 Corp. (NASDAQ:BSVN), with a stake worth $7 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Mendon Capital Advisors was Azora Capital, which amassed a stake valued at $3.1 million. Millennium Management was also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Mendon Capital Advisors allocated the biggest weight to Bank7 Corp. (NASDAQ:BSVN), around 1.18% of its 13F portfolio. Azora Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.68 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to BSVN.
Earlier we told you that the aggregate hedge fund interest in the stock was unchanged and we view this as a negative development. Even though there weren’t any hedge funds dumping their holdings during the third quarter, there weren’t any hedge funds initiating brand new positions. This indicates that hedge funds, at the very best, perceive this stock as dead money and they haven’t identified any viable catalysts that can attract investor attention.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Bank7 Corp. (NASDAQ:BSVN) but similarly valued. We will take a look at EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:EYPT), KVH Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:KVHI), Fulgent Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLGT), and Community Bankers Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:ESXB). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to BSVN’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 4.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $10 million. That figure was $12 million in BSVN’s case. KVH Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:KVHI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Community Bankers Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:ESXB) is the least popular one with only 3 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Bank7 Corp. (NASDAQ:BSVN) is even less popular than ESXB. Hedge funds dodged a bullet by taking a bearish stance towards BSVN. Our calculations showed that the top 20 most popular hedge fund stocks returned 37.4% in 2019 through the end of November and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 9.9 percentage points. Unfortunately BSVN wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was very bearish); BSVN investors were disappointed as the stock returned 0.6% during the fourth quarter (through the end of November) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as 70 percent of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in Q4.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.