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Is New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYCB) A Good Stock To Buy?

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In this article, we’ll discuss the hedge fund sentiment towards New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:NYCB). Overall, among the funds we track at Insider Monkey, the number of investors long NYCB remained flat during the third quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 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 Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ:IEP), W.P. Carey Inc. REIT (NYSE:WPC), and Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to go over the latest action surrounding New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:NYCB).

What does the smart money think about New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:NYCB)?

At the end of September, 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on NYCB, unchanged over the quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards NYCB over the last five quarters. So, let’s find out 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, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the number one position in New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:NYCB), worth close to $124.6 million, corresponding to 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is Kahn Brothers holding a $32.1 million position; the fund has 5.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions comprise Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management. 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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