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Wintrust Financial Corp (NASDAQ:WTFC) was included in the 13F portfolios of 15 funds from our database at the end of September and the stock registered a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money during the third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare WTFC to other stocks including Healthcare Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCSG), Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ:LSTR), and Swift Transportation Co (NYSE:SWFT) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s go over the fresh action encompassing Wintrust Financial Corp (NASDAQ:WTFC).
What does the smart money think about Wintrust Financial Corp (NASDAQ:WTFC)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Wintrust Financial Corp, compared to 19 funds at the end of June. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards WTFC over the last five quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Ken Fisher of Fisher Asset Management holds the biggest position in Wintrust Financial Corp (NASDAQ:WTFC) which has a $73.8 million position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Millennium Management, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, which holds a $55.4 million position. Some other peers that hold long positions include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Neil Chriss’ Hutchin Hill Capital, and Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group. 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.