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Hedge Funds Have Suddenly Grown Bullish On Oritani Financial Corp. (ORIT): What Did They Discover?

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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.

Is Oritani Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ORIT) worth your attention right now? Prominent investors are getting more optimistic. The number of long hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings moved up by 3 in recent months. ORIT was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with ORIT positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ORIT to other stocks including A. Schulman Inc (NASDAQ:SHLM), Northfield Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:NFBK), and Trina Solar Limited (ADR) (NYSE:TSL) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about Oritani Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ORIT)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 27% gain from one quarter earlier, after several quarters of minimal activity. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in ORIT over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s review 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, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the biggest position in Oritani Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ORIT), worth close to $24.9 million. The second largest stake is held by Millennium Management, founded by Israel Englander, which holds a $5.8 million position. Other peers that are bullish contain John D. Gillespie’s Prospector Partners, 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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