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Hedge fund interest in Triumph Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:TBK) shares was flat during the third quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 6 hedge funds that we track owned the stock on September 30, same as on June 30. At the end of this article we will also compare TBK to other stocks including Peoples Utah Bancorp (NASDAQ:PUB), Calix Inc (NYSE:CALX), and Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp (NYSE:ACRE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What does the smart money think about Triumph Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:TBK)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. By comparison, 7 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in TBK heading into this year, so hedge fund ownership of the stock has dipped slightly. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital has the largest position in Triumph Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:TBK), worth close to $17.3 million. Coming in second is Joshua Nash of Ulysses Management, which holds a $4.1 million position. Remaining peers that are bullish comprise Anton Schutz’s Mendon Capital Advisors, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. We should note that Ulysses Management is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds, which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-micro-cap stocks.