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Hedge Funds Are Betting On AAON, Inc. (AAON) – Universal Forest Products, Inc. (UFPI), Quanex Building Products Corporation (NX)

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AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAON) was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. AAON shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 3 hedge funds in our database with AAON positions at the end of the previous quarter.

AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAON)

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Now, it’s important to take a peek at the latest action surrounding AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAON).

How are hedge funds trading AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAON)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 233% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the largest position in AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAON), worth close to $40 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, which held a $3 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedgies that hold long positions include Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management.

As one would reasonably expect, key money managers have jumped into AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAON) headfirst. Gotham Asset Management, managed by Joel Greenblatt, established the most outsized position in AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAON). Gotham Asset Management had 2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management also made a $1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new AAON positions are Ken Brodkowitz and Mike Vermut’s Newland Capital, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

How have insiders been trading AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAON)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time frame, AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAON) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAON). These stocks are Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:APOG), Headwaters Inc (NYSE:HW), Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI), Quanex Building Products Corporation (NYSE:NX), and Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF). This group of stocks are the members of the general building materials industry and their market caps are similar to AAON’s market cap.

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