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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Fulton Financial Corp (FULT)

Reymerlyn Martin

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. Insider Monkey finished processing more than 750 13F filings submitted by hedge funds and prominent investors. These filings show these funds' portfolio positions as of September 30th, 2019. What do these smart investors think about Fulton Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FULT)?

Fulton Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FULT) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world's largest hedge funds in recent months. FULT was in 15 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2019. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with FULT holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that FULT isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video below for Q2 rankings). Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

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Bruce Kovner, Caxton Associates LP

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What have hedge funds been doing with Fulton Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FULT)?

At Q3's end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 7% from the second quarter of 2019. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards FULT over the last 17 quarters. So, let's find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Among these funds, Arrowstreet Capital held the most valuable stake in Fulton Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FULT), which was worth $6 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Millennium Management which amassed $2.1 million worth of shares. Gardner Russo & Gardner, AQR Capital Management, and Renaissance Technologies were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Caxton Associates allocated the biggest weight to Fulton Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FULT), around 0.07% of its 13F portfolio. Gardner Russo & Gardner is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.01 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to FULT.

Now, specific money managers have jumped into Fulton Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FULT) headfirst. Caxton Associates, managed by Bruce Kovner, assembled the most valuable position in Fulton Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FULT). Caxton Associates had $0.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Paul Tudor Jones's Tudor Investment Corp also made a $0.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new FULT position is Ken Griffin's Citadel Investment Group.

Let's go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Fulton Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FULT). We will take a look at Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARWR), Meritage Homes Corp (NYSE:MTH), Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACIA), and Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR). This group of stocks' market caps match FULT's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position ARWR,15,156469,-1 MTH,25,360789,10 ACIA,25,507691,-3 FLR,18,210283,-3 Average,20.75,308808,0.75 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 20.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $309 million. That figure was $18 million in FULT's case. Meritage Homes Corp (NYSE:MTH) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARWR) is the least popular one with only 15 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Fulton Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FULT) is even less popular than ARWR. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 37.4% in 2019 through the end of November and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 9.9 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on FULT, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 6.1% during the fourth quarter (through 11/30) and outperformed the market as well.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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