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Is Cascade Bancorp (CACB) A Good Stock To Buy?

With the third-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the fourth quarter. One of these stocks was Cascade Bancorp (NASDAQ:CACB).

Is Cascade Bancorp (NASDAQ:CACB) a great investment right now? Money managers are turning less bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets fell by 1 recently, which could a little surprising as the shares of the company were up 4.44% during the third quarter. Cascade Bancorp (NASDAQ:CACB) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with Cascade Bancorp (NASDAQ:CACB) holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our team decided to take a sneak peek into the hedge fund action surrounding the stock.

For an in-depth understanding of the hedge fund outlook, we will also compare Cascade Bancorp (NASDAQ:CACB) to other stocks including FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORM), Rudolph Technologies Inc (NYSE:RTEC), and Peoples Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:PEBO) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a peek at the recent action regarding Cascade Bancorp (NASDAQ:CACB).

What have hedge funds been doing with Cascade Bancorp (NASDAQ:CACB)?

At the end of September, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 14% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Wilbur Ross’ Invesco Private Capital (WL Ross) has the biggest position in Cascade Bancorp (NASDAQ:CACB), worth close to $62 million, comprising 12.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Matthew Lindenbaum of Basswood Capital, with a $16.8 million position; the fund has 0.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism consist of Renaissance Technologies, Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.