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Is Bank of Hawaii Corporation (BOH) a Good Stock to Buy?

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Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE:BOH).

Is Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE:BOH) a bargain? Money managers seem to be getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund investments improved by two last quarter. In this way, eight 10 funds in our database held BOH positions 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 Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR), Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDTI), and NRG Yield, Inc. Class C (NYSE:NYLD) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s check out the latest action encompassing Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE:BOH).

How are hedge funds trading Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE:BOH)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 25% from the previous quarter. By comparison, eight hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in BOH heading into this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the number one position in Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE:BOH), worth close to $23.5 million, corresponding to 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, with a $9.9 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish encompass Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset 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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