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Is Southern National Banc. of Virginia, Inc (SONA) A Good Stock To Buy?

A market correction in the third quarter, spurred by a number of global macroeconomic concerns ended up having a negative impact on the markets and many hedge funds as a result. The stocks of smaller companies were especially hard hit during this time as investors fled to investments seen as being safer. This is evident in the fact that the Russell 2000 ETF underperformed the S&P 500 ETF by 14 percentage points between June 25 and the end of October. We also received indications that hedge funds were trimming their positions amid the market volatility and uncertainty, and given their greater inclination towards smaller cap stocks than other investors, it follows that a stronger sell-off occurred in those stocks. Let’s study the hedge fund sentiment to see how those concerns affected their ownership of Southern National Banc. of Virginia, Inc (NASDAQ:SONA) during the quarter.

Southern National Banc. of Virginia, Inc (NASDAQ:SONA) investors should be aware that SONA was in 4 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September, unchanged from the number of funds long the stock at the end of the previous quarter (that’s a slightly bearish sign from our experience). At the end of this article we will also compare SONA to other stocks including Breeze-Eastern Corp (NYSEAMEX:BZC), Silvercrest Asset Management Group Inc (NASDAQ:SAMG), and Gold Resource Corporation (NYSEAMEX:GORO) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the recent action surrounding Southern National Banc. of Virginia, Inc (NASDAQ:SONA).

How are hedge funds trading Southern National Banc. of Virginia, Inc (NASDAQ:SONA)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish in this stock, unchanged from that of the second quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Mendon Capital Advisors, managed by Anton Schutz, holds the biggest position in Southern National Banc. of Virginia, Inc (NASDAQ:SONA). Mendon Capital Advisors has a $4.5 million position in the stock, comprising 1.3% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish hedge fund manager is Neil Chriss of Hutchin Hill Capital, with a $2.7 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, and Jeffrey Bronchick’s Cove Street Capital.

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