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Is AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE:AER) the right pick for your portfolio? The smart money is in a pessimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund bets were cut by 4 in recent months. At the end of this article we will also compare AER to other stocks including American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC), Vipshop Holdings Ltd – ADR (NYSE:VIPS), and E TRADE Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:ETFC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the new action encompassing AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE:AER).
Hedge fund activity in AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE:AER)
At Q3’s end, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down 11% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Greenlight Capital, managed by David Einhorn, holds the most valuable position in AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE:AER). The fund reportedly has a $491.4 million position in the stock, comprising 9.4% of its 13F portfolio. On Greenlight Capital’s heels is Leon Cooperman of Omega Advisors, with a $156.3 million position; the fund has 4.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions contain Jonathon Jacobson’s Highfields Capital Management, Scott McLellan’s Marble Arch Investments and Martin D. Sass’s MD Sass.