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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Air Lease Corp (AL) – AMERCO (UHAL), Ryder System, Inc. (R)

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Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late.

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a look at the latest action regarding Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL).

What does the smart money think about Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 50% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Invesco Private Capital (WL Ross), managed by Wilbur Ross, holds the most valuable position in Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL). Invesco Private Capital (WL Ross) has a $91.4 million position in the stock, comprising 8.5% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is John Osterweis of Osterweis Capital Management, with a $70.8 million position; 3.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that hold long positions include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Murray Stahl’s Horizon Asset Management and Joe DiMenna’s ZWEIG DIMENNA PARTNERS.

Consequently, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. ZWEIG DIMENNA PARTNERS, managed by Joe DiMenna, initiated the most valuable position in Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL). ZWEIG DIMENNA PARTNERS had 14.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors also initiated a $0.5 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

How are insiders trading Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time frame, Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL). These stocks are GATX Corporation (NYSE:GMT), AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL), Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE:R), and Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR). This group of stocks are in the rental & leasing services industry and their market caps are similar to AL’s market cap.

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