This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (OZRK)

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Is Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK) the right pick for your portfolio? Prominent investors are taking a bullish view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions improved by 1 in recent months.

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Now, it’s important to take a look at the latest action encompassing Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK).

What have hedge funds been doing with Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 5 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 25% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially.

According to our comprehensive database, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the largest position in Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK). Renaissance Technologies has a $12.9 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $9.7 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

As one would reasonably expect, key hedge funds have jumped into Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK) headfirst. D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, initiated the most outsized call position in Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK). D E Shaw had 1.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management also made a $0.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new OZRK position is Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK) has experienced 5 unique insiders purchasing, and 9 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK). These stocks are EverBank Financial Corp (NYSE:EVER), F.N.B. Corp (NYSE:FNB), Trustmark Corp (NASDAQ:TRMK), IBERIABANK Corporation (NASDAQ:IBKC), and BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE:BXS). This group of stocks are the members of the regional – southeast banks industry and their market caps are similar to OZRK’s market cap.

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