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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About International Bancshares Corp (IBOC)

What’s a smart International Bancshares Corp (NASDAQ:IBOC) investor to do?

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What’s more, let’s study the latest info about International Bancshares Corp (NASDAQ:IBOC).

Hedge fund activity in International Bancshares Corp (NASDAQ:IBOC)

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 20% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully.

International Bancshares Corp (NASDAQ:IBOC)Out of the hedge funds we follow, Polaris Capital Management, managed by Bernard Horn, holds the largest position in International Bancshares Corp (NASDAQ:IBOC). Polaris Capital Management has a $56.8 million position in the stock, comprising 3.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $11.2 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that hold long positions include David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management, Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

As industrywide interest increased, certain money managers were breaking ground themselves. Polaris Capital Management, managed by Bernard Horn, initiated the most valuable position in International Bancshares Corp (NASDAQ:IBOC). Polaris Capital Management had 56.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management also made a $11.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management, Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

How have insiders been trading International Bancshares Corp (NASDAQ:IBOC)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time period, International Bancshares Corp (NASDAQ:IBOC) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll check out the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to International Bancshares Corp (NASDAQ:IBOC). These stocks are BancFirst Corporation (NASDAQ:BANF), Prosperity Bancshares, Inc. (NYSE:PB), UMB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:UMBF), Texas Capital Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:TCBI), and First Financial Bankshares Inc (NASDAQ:FFIN). This group of stocks belong to the regional – southwest banks industry and their market caps resemble IBOC’s market cap.