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Texas Capital Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:TCBI) was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018. TCBI has seen an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with TCBI holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that tcbi isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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Let’s take a look at the key hedge fund action regarding Texas Capital Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:TCBI).
How have hedgies been trading Texas Capital Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:TCBI)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 29% from the second quarter of 2018. On the other hand, there were a total of 19 hedge funds with a bullish position in TCBI at the beginning of this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
More specifically, Millennium Management was the largest shareholder of Texas Capital Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:TCBI), with a stake worth $201.2 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Millennium Management was Citadel Investment Group, which amassed a stake valued at $140.2 million. Daruma Asset Management, D E Shaw, and Azora Capital were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.
Now, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Balyasny Asset Management, managed by Dmitry Balyasny, assembled the most outsized call position in Texas Capital Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:TCBI). Balyasny Asset Management had $6.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP also initiated a $2.9 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments, Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s Blue Mountain Capital, and Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners.
Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Texas Capital Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:TCBI). We will take a look at GDS Holdings Limited (NASDAQ:GDS), On ASGN Incorporated (NYSE:ASGN), Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE:VIPS), and Evercore Inc. (NYSE:EVR). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to TCBI’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 22 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $286 million. That figure was $514 million in TCBI’s case. GDS Holdings Limited (NASDAQ:GDS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand On Assignment, Inc. (NYSE:ASGN) is the least popular one with only 18 bullish hedge fund positions. Texas Capital Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:TCBI) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard GDS might be a better candidate to consider a long position.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.