Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Pacific Continental Corporation (PCBK) Anymore

Is Pacific Continental Corporation (NASDAQ:PCBK) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Hedge funds are becoming less confident. The number of bullish hedge fund bets stayed the same which is a slightly negative development in our experience

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Now, let’s take a look at the key action surrounding Pacific Continental Corporation (NASDAQ:PCBK).

How have hedgies been trading Pacific Continental Corporation (NASDAQ:PCBK)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly.

Of the funds we track, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the most valuable position in Pacific Continental Corporation (NASDAQ:PCBK), worth close to $6 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Basswood Capital, managed by Matthew Lindenbaum, which held a $2.1 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Since Pacific Continental Corporation (NASDAQ:PCBK) has experienced a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, we can see that there is a sect of money managers that decided to sell off their positions entirely heading into Q2. Intriguingly, Eric D. Hovde’s Hovde Capital cut the biggest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we key on, worth about $0.4 million in stock. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How have insiders been trading Pacific Continental Corporation (NASDAQ:PCBK)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time period, Pacific Continental Corporation (NASDAQ:PCBK) has seen 5 unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns exhibited by our time-tested strategies, everyday investors must always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Pacific Continental Corporation (NASDAQ:PCBK) is no exception.

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