Is Hometrust Bancshares Inc (HTBI) a Good Stock to Buy?

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Hometrust Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:HTBI) has experienced a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with HTBI holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare HTBI to other stocks including Baozun Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:BZUN), Energous Corp (NASDAQ:WATT), and KMG Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:KMG) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a gander at the latest action regarding Hometrust Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:HTBI).

What have hedge funds been doing with Hometrust Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:HTBI)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -18% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 9 hedge funds with a bullish position in HTBI at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).


According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the biggest position in Hometrust Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:HTBI). Renaissance Technologies has a $9.3 million position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Peter Schliemann of Rutabaga Capital Management which holds a $5.9 million position; 1.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism comprise John D. Gillespie’s Prospector Partners, Neil Chriss’ Hutchin Hill Capital and Michael Price’s MFP Investors. We should note that MFP Investors is 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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