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Hedge fund interest in Landmark Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LARK) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare LARK to other stocks including Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (NYSE:GTE), LiveXLive Media, Inc. (NASDAQ:LIVX), and RYB Education, Inc. (NYSE:RYB) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Hedge fund activity in Landmark Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LARK)
At Q1’s end, a total of 3 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in LARK over the last 18 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Among these funds, Renaissance Technologies held the most valuable stake in Landmark Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LARK), which was worth $1.9 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Royce & Associates which amassed $1.3 million worth of shares. Fourthstone LLC was also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Fourthstone LLC allocated the biggest weight to Landmark Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LARK), around 0.46% of its 13F portfolio. Royce & Associates is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 0.02 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to LARK.
Earlier we told you that the aggregate hedge fund interest in the stock was unchanged and we view this as a negative development. Even though there weren’t any hedge funds dumping their holdings during the third quarter, there weren’t any hedge funds initiating brand new positions. This indicates that hedge funds, at the very best, perceive this stock as dead money and they haven’t identified any viable catalysts that can attract investor attention.
Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Landmark Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LARK). We will take a look at Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (NYSE:GTE), LiveXLive Media, Inc. (NASDAQ:LIVX), RYB Education, Inc. (NYSE:RYB), and Chembio Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ:CEMI). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to LARK’s market cap.
|Ticker||No of HFs with positions||Total Value of HF Positions (x1000)||Change in HF Position|
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 5.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $14 million. That figure was $4 million in LARK’s case. Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (NYSE:GTE) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand LiveXLive Media, Inc. (NASDAQ:LIVX) is the least popular one with only 3 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Landmark Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LARK) is even less popular than LIVX. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 7.9% in 2020 through May 22nd but managed to beat the market by 15.6 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on LARK, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 17.6% during the second quarter (through May 22nd) and outperformed the market as well.
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