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How Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (DCOM) Stacks Up Against Its Peers

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The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. At the end of this article we will also compare DCOM to other stocks including Richmont Mines Inc. (USA) (NYSEAMEX:RIC), Cass Information Systems (NASDAQ:CASS), and Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DHIL) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s check out the new action encompassing Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM).

How have hedgies been trading Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 8 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in DCOM heading into this year. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Bernard Horn’s Polaris Capital Management has the number one position in Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM), worth close to $13.8 million, accounting for 1.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, with a $9 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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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