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How CU Bancorp (CUNB) Stacks Up Against Its Peers

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on CU Bancorp (NASDAQ:CUNB).

CU Bancorp (NASDAQ:CUNB) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Green Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:GNBC), First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF), and Blue Nile Inc (NASDAQ:NILE) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the latest action encompassing CU Bancorp (NASDAQ:CUNB).

How are hedge funds trading CU Bancorp (NASDAQ:CUNB)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards CUNB over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital has the biggest position in CU Bancorp (NASDAQ:CUNB), worth close to $21.3 million, comprising 1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, which holds a $4.2 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish contain Paul Hondros’ AlphaOne Capital Partners, Neil Chriss’ Hutchin Hill Capital and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. 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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