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Is QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH) undervalued? The best stock pickers are in an optimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets improved by 1 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that QCRH isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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We're going to take a look at the latest hedge fund action surrounding QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH).
How are hedge funds trading QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH)?
At Q1's end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 11% from the fourth quarter of 2018. By comparison, 13 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in QCRH a year ago. So, let's review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies has the number one position in QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH), worth close to $18.5 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Endicott Management, led by Robert I. Usdan and Wayne K. Goldstein, holding a $14.6 million position; the fund has 14.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions include Paul Magidson, Jonathan Cohen. And Ostrom Enders's Castine Capital Management, Fred Cummings's Elizabeth Park Capital Management and Israel Englander's Millennium Management.
As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds were leading the bulls' herd. EJF Capital, managed by Emanuel J. Friedman, assembled the biggest position in QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH). EJF Capital had $0.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Roger Ibbotson's Zebra Capital Management also made a $0.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter.
Let's go over hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH) but similarly valued. These stocks are A10 Networks Inc (NYSE:ATEN), AVROBIO, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVRO), Team, Inc. (NYSE:TISI), and Quanex Building Products Corporation (NYSE:NX). This group of stocks' market values resemble QCRH's market value.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position ATEN,18,95129,1 AVRO,4,66404,-2 TISI,14,94607,2 NX,16,44813,0 Average,13,75238,0.25 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 13 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $75 million. That figure was $58 million in QCRH's case. A10 Networks Inc (NYSE:ATEN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand AVROBIO, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVRO) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we'd rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 6.2% in Q2 through June 19th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by nearly 3 percentage points. Unfortunately QCRH wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); QCRH investors were disappointed as the stock returned 1.4% during the same time period and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in Q2.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.