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Home Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:HOMB) was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. HOMB investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest recently. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with HOMB positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Convergys Corporation (NYSE:CVG), Horizon Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:HZNP), and Papa John’s Int’l, Inc. (NASDAQ:PZZA) to gather more data points.
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Hedge fund activity in Home Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:HOMB)
At Q3’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a fall of 31% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards HOMB over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Alex Lieblong of Key Colony Management holds the most valuable position in Home Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:HOMB). Key Colony Management has a $23.4 million position in the stock, comprising 28.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Charles Paquelet of Skylands Capital holding a $2.4 million position. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism include John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Drew Cupps’ Cupps Capital Management and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital 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.