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Is WesBanco, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSBC) going to take off soon? The best stock pickers are really taking a bullish view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions rose by 1 recently. WSBC was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with WSBC holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare WSBC to other stocks including Shake Shack Inc (NYSE:SHAK), Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS), and Cempra Inc (NASDAQ:CEMP) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to go over the latest action encompassing WesBanco, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSBC).
What does the smart money think about WesBanco, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSBC)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, up 17% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in WSBC over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the largest position in WesBanco, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSBC), worth close to $10.4 million, amounting to less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Zebra Capital Management, led by Roger Ibbotson, holding a $1.8 million position; the fund has 0.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism consist of Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. 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.