Crispin Odey Increases Holding of The Ryland Group, Inc. (RYL) Shares

Crispin Odey is optimistic about the prospects of The Ryland Group, Inc. (NYSE:RYL). According to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, his fund, Odey Asset Management has increased its holding of the stock by some 306,600 shares. As a result Odey currently holds 4.73 million shares, which represent approximately 10.17% of the company’s common stock. Given the current market price, Odey’s stake is worth more than $202 million.

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Ken Griffin, the billionaire manager of Citadel Investment, is also betting on this stock. During the previous quarter, Citadel has increased its holding of The Ryland Group, Inc. (NYSE:RYL) by 204%  to 1.8 million shares reportedly worth $78.4 million. Donald Chiboucis is not so optimistic, though. During the same period, his fund, Columbus Circle Investors, has sold a third of its holding of Ryland shares and currently owns 1.22 million shares, worth approximately $53 million.

The Ryland Group, Inc. (NYSE:RYL) is homebuilders and a mortgage-finance company. The company has a market cap of $1.98 billion and pays an annual dividend of $0.12, which represents a yield 0.30%. The stock is traded at a trailing Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio of 6.35, below the industry average of 10.60. For the fourth quarter of 2013, the company posted revenues of $697 million and earnings per share (EPS) of $1.27, exceeding market expectations. Analysts expect Ryland Group to register revenues of $472 million and earnings of $0.47 per diluted share.

Crispin Odey is also betting big on Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG). According to its latest 13F report, Odey Asset Management has increased its stake by 213% to 203,700 shares during the fourth quarter of 2013. Odey has also increased his fund’s investment in PACCAR Inc(NASDAQ:PCAR), a provider of services to truck management companies. Odey Asset Management owns 2.8 million shares valued at about $166 million.

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