Hedge Funds Grow Bearish On Boston Private Financial Hldg Inc (BPFH)

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Boston Private Financial Hldg Inc (NASDAQ:BPFH) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money of late. BPFH was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with BPFH 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 Gamco Investors Inc. (NYSE:GBL), Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc (NYSE:HY), and Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (NYSEAMEX:GTE) to gather more data points.

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Hedge fund activity in Boston Private Financial Hldg Inc (NASDAQ:BPFH)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 13% fall from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards BPFH over the last 5 quarters, which shows some recent volatility. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the number one position in Boston Private Financial Hldg Inc (NASDAQ:BPFH), worth close to $17.4 million. The second largest stake is held by Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, with a $16.9 million position. Other professional money managers that hold long positions include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and Philippe Jabre’s Jabre Capital 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.

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