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Is Independent Bank Group Inc (NASDAQ:IBTX) an outstanding stock to buy now? Prominent investors are taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund positions advanced by 2 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that IBTX isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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We're going to go over the fresh hedge fund action regarding Independent Bank Group Inc (NASDAQ:IBTX).
Hedge fund activity in Independent Bank Group Inc (NASDAQ:IBTX)
Heading into the first quarter of 2019, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 18% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 10 hedge funds with a bullish position in IBTX a year ago. With hedgies' capital changing hands, there exists an "upper tier" of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, Mendon Capital Advisors was the largest shareholder of Independent Bank Group Inc (NASDAQ:IBTX), with a stake worth $25.8 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Mendon Capital Advisors was Citadel Investment Group, which amassed a stake valued at $22.8 million. Elizabeth Park Capital Management, Marshall Wace LLP, and Royce & Associates were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.
As aggregate interest increased, key hedge funds were leading the bulls' herd. SCW Capital Management, managed by John R. Wagner, created the most valuable position in Independent Bank Group Inc (NASDAQ:IBTX). SCW Capital Management had $6.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Matthew Lindenbaum's Basswood Capital also initiated a $4.1 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are John Overdeck and David Siegel's Two Sigma Advisors and Matthew Tewksbury's Stevens Capital Management.
Let's go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Independent Bank Group Inc (NASDAQ:IBTX). These stocks are Central Puerto S.A. (NYSE:CEPU), United Fire Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFCS), Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (NASDAQ:KNSA), and US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL). All of these stocks' market caps are closest to IBTX's market cap.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position CEPU,8,33956,-1 UFCS,11,21284,3 KNSA,8,151336,-1 ECOL,11,10350,1 Average,9.5,54232,0.5 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 9.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $54 million. That figure was $99 million in IBTX's case. United Fire Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFCS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Central Puerto S.A. (NYSE:CEPU) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Independent Bank Group Inc (NASDAQ:IBTX) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds returned 24.2% through April 22nd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 7 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on IBTX, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 22.8% and outperformed the market as well.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.