At Insider Monkey we track the activity of some of the best-performing hedge funds like Appaloosa Management, Baupost, and Third Point because we determined that some of the stocks that they are collectively bullish on can help us generate returns above the broader indices. Out of thousands of stocks that hedge funds invest in, small-caps can provide the best returns over the long term due to the fact that these companies are less efficiently priced and are usually under the radars of mass-media, analysts and dumb money. This is why we follow the smart money moves in the small-cap space.
TowneBank (NASDAQ:TOWN) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. At the end of this article we will also compare TOWN to other stocks including OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSIS), Gabelli Equity Trust Inc (NYSE:GAB), and Endurance International Group Hldgs Inc (NASDAQ:EIGI) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the new action surrounding TowneBank (NASDAQ:TOWN).
Hedge fund activity in TowneBank (NASDAQ:TOWN)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards TOWN over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the largest position in TowneBank (NASDAQ:TOWN), worth close to $16 million, comprising less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Lawrence Seidman of Seidman Investment Partnership, with a $14.7 million position; 10.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism consist of Michael Price’s MFP Investors, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management. We should note that MFP Investors is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.