Hedge Funds Are Buying National Bank Holdings Corp (NBHC)

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Is National Bank Holdings Corp (NYSE:NBHC) ready to rally soon? Money managers are becoming more confident. The number of bullish hedge fund positions went up by 2 lately.

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a peek at the latest action regarding National Bank Holdings Corp (NYSE:NBHC).

How are hedge funds trading National Bank Holdings Corp (NYSE:NBHC)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 21 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 11% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Paul Singer’s Elliott Management had the biggest position in National Bank Holdings Corp (NYSE:NBHC), worth close to $68 million, comprising 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Paulson & Co, managed by John Paulson, which held a $39.8 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism include Frank Brosens’s Taconic Capital, Thomas Steyer’s Farallon Capital and Jamie Zimmerman’s Litespeed Management.

Now, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. QVT Financial, managed by Daniel Gold, created the most outsized position in National Bank Holdings Corp (NYSE:NBHC). QVT Financial had 7.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital also initiated a $6.1 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Howard Guberman’s Gruss Asset Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Mike Vranos’s Ellington.

Insider trading activity in National Bank Holdings Corp (NYSE:NBHC)

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time period, National Bank Holdings Corp (NYSE:NBHC) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and zero 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 National Bank Holdings Corp (NYSE:NBHC). These stocks are Chemical Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CHFC), Park National Corporation (NYSEAMEX:PRK), Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CRBC), First Midwest Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:FMBI), and First Financial Bancorp (NASDAQ:FFBC). This group of stocks are the members of the regional – midwest banks industry and their market caps are closest to NBHC’s market cap.

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