Investing in small cap stocks has historically been a way to outperform the market, as small cap companies typically grow faster on average than the blue chips. That outperformance comes with a price, however, as there are occasional periods of higher volatility. The time period between June 25 and the end of October was one of those periods, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points. Given that the funds we track tend to have a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks, they have seen some volatility in their portfolios too. Actually their moves are potentially one of the factors that contributed to this volatility. In this article, we use our extensive database of hedge fund holdings to find out what the smart money thinks of Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:TCFC).
Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:TCFC) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 4 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. It might come as a surprise, considering that the shares of Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:TCFC) gained 9.3% value during the quarter.
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With all of this in mind, let’s go over the fresh action encompassing Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:TCFC).
How are hedge funds trading Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:TCFC)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital has the largest position in Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:TCFC), worth close to $10.7 million, comprising 0.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by EJF Capital, led by Emanuel J. Friedman, holding a $6.9 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish contain Neil Chriss’ Hutchin Hill Capital, and Jeffrey Gendell’s Tontine Asset Management.