Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About United Community Banks Inc (UCBI) Anymore

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The government requires hedge funds and wealthy investors with over a certain portfolio size to file a report that shows their positions at the end of every quarter. Even though it isn’t the intention, these filings level the playing field for ordinary investors. The latest round of 13F filings discloses the funds’ positions on September 30. We at Insider Monkey have made an extensive database of more than 700 of those elite funds and prominent investors’ filings. In this article, we analyze how these elite funds and prominent investors traded United Community Banks Inc (NASDAQ:UCBI) based on those filings.

United Community Banks Inc (NASDAQ:UCBI) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. 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 Global Blood Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:GBT), Multi-Color Corporation (NASDAQ:LABL), and M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to check out the key action regarding United Community Banks Inc (NASDAQ:UCBI).

How are hedge funds trading United Community Banks Inc (NASDAQ:UCBI)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -21% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key 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, Corsair Capital LLC, managed by D.T. Ignacio Jayanti, holds the most valuable position in United Community Banks Inc (NASDAQ:UCBI). Corsair Capital LLC has a $210.5 million position in the stock, comprising 53.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, with a $38.8 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. The remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.

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