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Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) (NASDAQ:ABCW) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. ABCW shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with ABCW holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ABCW to other stocks, including Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTWS), First Business Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ:FBIZ), and Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ:CLNE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s take a peek at the fresh action surrounding Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) (NASDAQ:ABCW).
How have hedgies been trading Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) (NASDAQ:ABCW)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 38% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, EJF Capital, managed by Emanuel J. Friedman, holds the number one position in Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) (NASDAQ:ABCW). EJF Capital has a $30.7 million position in the stock, comprising 1.5% of its 13F portfolio. On EJF Capital’s heels is Basswood Capital, managed by Matthew Lindenbaum, which holds a $18.2 million position; the fund has 0.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish contain Michael Price’s MFP Investors, Robert I. Usdan and Wayne K. Goldstein’s Endicott Management and William Black’s Consector Capital.