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Hedge Funds Are Buying CAI International Inc (CAP)

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CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months.

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CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP)

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a glance at the key action surrounding CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP).

What have hedge funds been doing with CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 250% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly.

According to our comprehensive database, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management had the biggest position in CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP), worth close to $7.3 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Harvest Capital Strategies, managed by Joseph A. Jolson, which held a $3.3 million position; 0.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include Anil Stevens and Glenn Shapiro’s Parameter Capital Management, SAC Subsidiary’s Sigma Capital Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

Consequently, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Parameter Capital Management, managed by Anil Stevens and Glenn Shapiro, initiated the largest position in CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP). Parameter Capital Management had 1.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. SAC Subsidiary’s Sigma Capital Management also made a $0.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new CAP investors: John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

How have insiders been trading CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP)?

Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time frame, CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP). These stocks are Aircastle Limited (NYSE:AYR), Electro Rent Corporation (NASDAQ:ELRC), Fly Leasing Ltd(ADR) (NYSE:FLY), seacube container leasing ltd (NYSE:BOX), and McGrath RentCorp (NASDAQ:MGRC). All of these stocks are in the rental & leasing services industry and their market caps match CAP’s market cap.

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