What Do Hedge Funds Think About Citizens Community Bancorp Inc. (CZWI)?

Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Citizens Community Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:CZWI).

Citizens Community Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:CZWI) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 4 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare CZWI to other stocks, including Fairway Group Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FWM), FXCM Inc (NYSE:FXCM), and Innovative Solutions & Support Inc (NASDAQ:ISSC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to analyze the recent action surrounding Citizens Community Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:CZWI).

Hedge fund activity in Citizens Community Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:CZWI)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Jeffrey Gendell’s Tontine Asset Management has the most valuable position in Citizens Community Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:CZWI), worth close to $2.3 million, accounting for 0.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Arbiter Partners Capital Management, led by Paul J. Isaac, holding a $1.1 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC, Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital and .