Investing in hedge funds can bring large profits, but it’s not for everybody, since hedge funds are available only for high-net-worth individuals. They generate significant returns for investors to justify their large fees and they allocate a lot of time and employ a complex analysis to determine the best stocks to invest in. A particularly interesting group of stocks that hedge funds like is the small-caps. The huge amount of capital does not allow hedge funds to invest a lot in small-caps, but our research showed that their most popular small-cap ideas are less efficiently priced and generate stronger returns than their large- and mega-cap picks and the broader market. That is why we follow the hedge fund activity in the small-cap space.
Blue Hills Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:BHBK) was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. BHBK investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers in recent months. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with BHBK holdings 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 One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP), Stonegate Bank (NASDAQ:SGBK), and The First of Long Island Corporation (NASDAQ:FLIC) to gather more data points.
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What does the smart money think about Blue Hills Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:BHBK)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 13% drop from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 10 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in BHBK heading into this year, so ownership of the stock is still up by 40% this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Emanuel J. Friedman’s EJF Capital has the biggest position in Blue Hills Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:BHBK), worth close to $18.5 million, corresponding to 1.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, which holds a $10 million position. Remaining peers that are bullish encompass Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Lawrence Seidman’s Seidman Investment Partnership, and John D. Gillespie’s Prospector Partners. 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.