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Do Hedge Funds Love GATX Corporation (GATX)?

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The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge funds have been producing disappointing net returns in recent years, however that was partly due to the poor performance of small-cap stocks in general. Well, small-cap stocks finally turned the corner and have been beating the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points over the last 5 months.This means the relevancy of hedge funds’ public filings became inarguable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards GATX Corporation (NYSE:GATX) .

GATX Corporation (NYSE:GATX) investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. GATX was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with GATX holdings at the end of June. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as 2U Inc (NASDAQ:TWOU), NovaGold Resources Inc. (USA) (NYSEAMEX:NG), and The Geo Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to go over the key action encompassing GATX Corporation (NYSE:GATX).

Hedge fund activity in GATX Corporation (NYSE:GATX)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -8% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 16 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in GATX heading into this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, GAMCO Investors, led by Mario Gabelli, holds the biggest position in GATX Corporation (NYSE:GATX). GAMCO Investors has a $130.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.8% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, which holds a $13 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism include Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Charles Paquelet’s Skylands Capital and Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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