Central Pacific Financial Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Central Pacific Financial (NYS: CPF) rose more than 10% in early trading on news that legendary value investor Seth Klarman is buying shares.

So what: Klarman's latest filing with the SEC also shows substantial new bets on BP (NYS: BP) and Microsoft (NAS: MSFT) . No other banks were mentioned in this analysis of his holdings, published at Seeking Alpha.

Now what: Interestingly, Klarman's buy comes just as Central Pacific was ranked fifth on a list of 10 regional banks experiencing heavy insider buying. I don't believe that's a coincidence, and as such I've rated the stock to outperform in my Motley Fool CAPS portfolio. Do you agree? Would you buy at these levels? Weigh in using the comments box below.

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