Greif, Inc. (GEF), AptarGroup, Inc. (ATR) – Silgan Holdings Inc. (SLGN): Insiders Are Dumping, Should You?

Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN) was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. SLGN investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with SLGN holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN)

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Consequently, we’re going to take a look at the key action encompassing Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN).

How have hedgies been trading Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN)?

At year’s end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 56% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Amy Minella’s Cardinal Capital had the most valuable position in Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN), worth close to $56.4 million, accounting for 3.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by David Abrams of Abrams Capital Management, with a $31.5 million position; the fund has 2.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers with similar optimism include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Shane Finemore’s Manikay Partners and Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Kroch’s GRT Capital Partners.

As aggregate interest increased, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Abrams Capital Management, managed by David Abrams, established the biggest position in Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN). Abrams Capital Management had 31.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Shane Finemore’s Manikay Partners also initiated a $5.2 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new SLGN positions are Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Kroch’s GRT Capital Partners, John Fichthorn’s Dialectic Capital Management, and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

Insider trading activity in Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN)

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time frame, Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN). These stocks are Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE:BMS), AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE:ATR), Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF), Sonoco Products Company (NYSE:SON), and Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK). All of these stocks are in the packaging & containers industry and their market caps are closest to SLGN’s market cap.