Is TowneBank (TOWN) A Good Stock To Buy?

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We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the government. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article, we look at what those funds think of TowneBank (NASDAQ:TOWN) based on that data.

TowneBank (NASDAQ:TOWN) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged, which is somewhat surprising as the stock was up 21.59% during the third quarter. The stock was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. Considering a dormant hedge fund reaction, our team decided to cover hedge funds holding positions in the company.

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Now, let’s check out the fresh action surrounding TowneBank (NASDAQ:TOWN).

How are hedge funds trading TowneBank (NASDAQ:TOWN)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, MFP Investors, managed by Michael Price, holds the biggest position in TowneBank (NASDAQ:TOWN). MFP Investors has a $21.5 million position in the stock, comprising 3.2% of its 13F portfolio. On MFP Investors’ heels is Renaissance Technologies, with a $10.4 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism include Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC, Anton Schutz’s Mendon Capital Advisors, and Roger Ibbotson’s Zebra Capital Management.

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