While the market driven by short-term sentiment influenced by uncertainty regarding the future of the interest rate environment in the US, the low commodity prices and the economic turmoil in China, many smart money investors are keeping their optimism regarding the current bull run, while still hedging many of their long positions. However, as we know, big investors usually buy stocks with strong fundamentals, which is why we believe we can profit from imitating them. In this article, we are going to take a look at the smart money sentiment surrounding Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH).
Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH) has experienced a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH) was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH) holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article, we will also compare Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH) to other stocks, including Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE:B), Globus Medical Inc (NYSE:GMED), and Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s view the recent action regarding Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH).
What have hedge funds been doing with Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 10% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Nehal Chopra’s Ratan Capital Group has the biggest position in Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH), worth close to $11.8 million, comprising 2.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Bandera Partners, managed by Gregory Bylinsky and Jefferson Gramm, which holds a $11.6 million position; the fund has 6.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish consist of Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, William Black’s Consector Capital, and Renaissance Technologies.