Hedge Funds Are Dumping Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc (CRBC)

Is Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CRBC) a splendid investment right now? Money managers are getting less optimistic. The number of long hedge fund bets shrunk by 2 lately.

Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CRBC)To most traders, hedge funds are viewed as unimportant, old investment vehicles of the past. While there are greater than 8000 funds trading at the moment, we at Insider Monkey choose to focus on the bigwigs of this group, about 450 funds. Most estimates calculate that this group oversees the lion’s share of all hedge funds’ total asset base, and by paying attention to their top stock picks, we have spotted a number of investment strategies that have historically outpaced the S&P 500 index. Our small-cap hedge fund strategy beat the S&P 500 index by 18 percentage points annually for a decade in our back tests, and since we’ve began to sharing our picks with our subscribers at the end of August 2012, we have outclassed the S&P 500 index by 23.3 percentage points in 8 months (explore the details and some picks here).

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a peek at the recent action encompassing Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CRBC).

How are hedge funds trading Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CRBC)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -17% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management had the most valuable position in Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CRBC), worth close to $58.5 million, accounting for 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. On AQR Capital Management’s heels is Robert Emil Zoellner of Alpine Associates, with a $47.2 million position; 1.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include Matthew Halbower’s Pentwater Capital Management, Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

Judging by the fact that Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CRBC) has witnessed a declination in interest from the smart money, logic holds that there were a few fund managers who sold off their entire stakes last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw said goodbye to the largest position of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, totaling an estimated $1.1 million in stock.. Matthew Hulsizer’s fund, PEAK6 Capital Management, also dumped its call options., about $0.3 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 2 funds last quarter.

What have insiders been doing with Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CRBC)?

Insider buying is best served when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time frame, Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CRBC) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns demonstrated by our time-tested strategies, everyday investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CRBC) is an important part of this process.

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