Hedge Funds Are Betting On Navistar International Corp (NAV)

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Is Navistar International Corp (NYSE:NAV) the right investment to pursue these days? Investors who are in the know are getting more bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund bets improved by 1 lately.

Navistar International Corp (NYSE:NAV)

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a glance at the recent action regarding Navistar International Corp (NYSE:NAV).

Hedge fund activity in Navistar International Corp (NYSE:NAV)

At Q1’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 5% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, MHR Fund Management, managed by Mark Rachesky, holds the biggest position in Navistar International Corp (NYSE:NAV). MHR Fund Management has a $414.8 million position in the stock, comprising 14.7% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Icahn Capital LP, managed by Carl Icahn, which held a $409.5 million position; the fund has 2.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Rob Citrone’s Discovery Capital Management and Kenneth Mario Garschina’s Mason Capital Management.

As one would reasonably expect, key money managers have jumped into Navistar International Corp (NYSE:NAV) headfirst. MHR Fund Management, managed by Mark Rachesky, established the biggest position in Navistar International Corp (NYSE:NAV). MHR Fund Management had 414.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Rob Citrone’s Discovery Capital Management also initiated a $120.6 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new NAV investors: Kenneth Mario Garschina’s Mason Capital Management, Crispin Odey’s Odey Asset Management Group, and Don Morgan’s Brigade Capital.

How have insiders been trading Navistar International Corp (NYSE:NAV)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time period, Navistar International Corp (NYSE:NAV) has experienced 3 unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Navistar International Corp (NYSE:NAV). These stocks are Accuride Corporation (NYSE:ACW), PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ:PCAR), Wabash National Corporation (NYSE:WNC), Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc (NYSE:HY), and Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK). This group of stocks are the members of the trucks & other vehicles industry and their market caps are closest to NAV’s market cap.

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