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Smart Money Beginning to Take Note of Renasant Corp. (RNST)

The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. We have processed the filings of the more than 700 world-class investment firms that we track and now have access to the collective wisdom contained in these filings, which are based on their September 30 holdings, data that is available nowhere else. Should you consider Renasant Corp. (NASDAQ:RNST) for your portfolio? We’ll look to this invaluable collective wisdom for the answer.

Is Renasant Corp. an outstanding investment now? The smart money is turning bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund positions advanced by 1 in the third quarter, while the value of their holdings shot up by over 50%. RNST was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September, with those positions valued at $47.83 million. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with RNST positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare RNST to other stocks including BlackRock Credit All Inc Trust IV (NYSE:BTZ), Noah Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE:NOAH), and PMC-Sierra Inc (NASDAQ:PMCS) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the key action regarding Renasant Corp. (NASDAQ:RNST).

Hedge fund activity in Renasant Corp. (NASDAQ:RNST)

Heading into Q4, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, an 11% increase from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or had already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies has the most valuable position in Renasant Corp. (NASDAQ:RNST), worth close to $22.1 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting in the 2 spot is Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, with an $11 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish consist of AlphaOne Capital Partners, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, and Anton Schutz’s Mendon Capital Advisors.

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