Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Great Western Bancorp Inc (GWB) Anymore

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The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Great Western Bancorp Inc (NYSE:GWB) .

Great Western Bancorp Inc (NYSE:GWB) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. GWB shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. 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 TerraForm Power Inc (NASDAQ:TERP), Badger Meter, Inc. (NYSE:BMI), and New Relic Inc (NYSE:NEWR) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to take a glance at the key action regarding Great Western Bancorp Inc (NYSE:GWB).

What have hedge funds been doing with Great Western Bancorp Inc (NYSE:GWB)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 8% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 21 hedge funds with a bullish position in GWB at the beginning of 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.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, holds the most valuable position in Great Western Bancorp Inc (NYSE:GWB). D E Shaw has a $13.9 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On D E Shaw’s heels is Paul Magidson, Jonathan Cohen. And Ostrom Enders of Castine Capital Management, with a $7.5 million position; 3.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers that are bullish include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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.

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