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Thus, we’re going to discuss the newest info for Gencorp Inc (NYSE:GY).
What does the smart money think about Gencorp Inc (NYSE:GY)?
At the end of the second quarter, a total of 26 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 8% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.
Out of the hedge funds we follow, Richard McGuire’s Marcato Capital Management had the most valuable position in Gencorp Inc (NYSE:GY), worth close to $93.7 million, comprising 9% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, with a $85.2 million position; the fund has 0.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism include Warren Lichtenstein’s Steel Partners, Zac Hirzel’s Hirzel Capital Management and Michael Blitzer’s Kingstown Capital Management.
As one would understandably expect, certain bigger names have jumped into Gencorp Inc (NYSE:GY) headfirst. Marcato Capital Management, managed by Richard McGuire, assembled the most valuable position in Gencorp Inc (NYSE:GY). Marcato Capital Management had 93.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors also made a $85.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new GY investors: Warren Lichtenstein’s Steel Partners, Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, and Zac Hirzel’s Hirzel Capital Management.
Insider trading activity in Gencorp Inc (NYSE:GY)
Insider buying is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time period, Gencorp Inc (NYSE:GY) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Gencorp Inc (NYSE:GY). These stocks are Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN), Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT), and AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE:AER). All of these stocks are in the aerospace/defense – major diversified industry and their market caps are similar to GY’s market cap.