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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Albany International Corp. (AIN)

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Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN)Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN) has seen an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently.

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

How have hedgies been trading Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 33% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the most valuable position in Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN), worth close to $11 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $8.5 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.

As one would reasonably expect, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, initiated the most outsized position in Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN). Millennium Management had 1.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital also made a $0.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter.

How have insiders been trading Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN)?

Insider buying is best served when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero 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 Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN). These stocks are Dixie Group Inc (NASDAQ:DXYN), Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE:MHK), Culp, Inc. (NYSE:CFI), and Unifi, Inc. (NYSE:UFI). This group of stocks belong to the textile industrial industry and their market caps resemble AIN’s market cap.

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