Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. AAN investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with AAN holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a gander at the latest action encompassing Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE:AAN).
What does the smart money think about Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE:AAN)?
Heading into Q2, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.
When looking at the hedgies we track, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors had the most valuable position in Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE:AAN), worth close to $34.3 million, accounting for 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Ric Dillon of Diamond Hill Capital, with a $32.7 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds with similar optimism include Thomas E. Claugus’s GMT Capital, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.
Seeing as Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) has witnessed a declination in interest from the smart money, it’s easy to see that there lies a certain “tier” of fund managers that slashed their entire stakes heading into Q2. At the top of the heap, Jeffrey Vinik’s Vinik Asset Management dropped the largest stake of all the hedgies we track, worth about $3.1 million in stock., and John Overdeck and David Siegel of Two Sigma Advisors was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $0.3 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
What do corporate executives and insiders think about Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE:AAN)?
Bullish insider trading is most useful when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE:AAN). These stocks are Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL), GATX Corporation (NYSE:GMT), Textainer Group Holdings Limited (NYSE:TGH), , and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII). This group of stocks are in the rental & leasing services industry and their market caps resemble AAN’s market cap.
|Company Name||# of Hedge Funds||# of Insiders Buying||# of Insiders Selling|
|Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL)||12||1||1|
|GATX Corporation (NYSE:GMT)||9||2||6|
|Textainer Group Holdings Limited (NYSE:TGH)||8||0||0|
|Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII)||11||0||3|
With the returns shown by the aforementioned studies, everyday investors should always pay attention to hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) is an important part of this process.