Is Shore Bancshares, Inc. (SHBI) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Many investors, including Carl Icahn or Stan Druckenmiller, have been saying for a while now that the current market is overvalued due to a low interest rate environment that leads to companies swapping their equity for debt and focusing mostly on short-term performance such as beating the quarterly earnings estimates. In the third quarter, many investors lost money due to unpredictable events such as the concerns over Valeant’s drug pricing policy that led to an overall drop among pharma stocks. Nevertheless, many of the stocks that tanked in the third quarter still sport strong fundamentals and their decline was more related to the general market sentiment rather than their individual performance and hedge funds kept their bullish stance. In this article we will find out how hedge fund sentiment to Shore Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHBI) changed recently.

Hedge fund interest in Shore Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHBI) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. The shares of Shore Bancshares, Inc were slightly up during the quarter, inching 3.08% higher. For an in-depth understanding of the hedge fund sentiment, we will find out more about hedge funds holding stakes in Shore Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHBI) at the end of the previous quarter.

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 Farmland Partners Inc (NYSE:FPI), Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO), and Fortress Biotech Inc (NASDAQ:FBIO) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the fresh action encompassing Shore Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHBI).

What does the smart money think about Shore Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHBI)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from the second quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Elizabeth Park Capital Management, managed by Fred Cummings, holds the number one position in Shore Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHBI). Elizabeth Park Capital Management has a $3 million position in the stock, comprising 1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Basswood Capital, led by Matthew Lindenbaum, holding a $2.5 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish encompass Anton Schutz’s Mendon Capital Advisors, Jeffrey Gendell’s Tontine Asset Management, and Renaissance Technologies.

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