Should You Avoid CAI International Inc (CAP)?

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Should CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP) investors track the following data?

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CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP)

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s study the newest info surrounding CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP).

What have hedge funds been doing with CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 5 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -17% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, Joseph A. Jolson’s Harvest Capital Strategies had the largest position in CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP), worth close to $3.7 million, comprising 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Alyeska Investment Group, managed by Anand Parekh, which held a $3.5 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp and Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital.

Due to the fact CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP) has experienced declining interest from upper-tier hedge fund managers, logic holds that there is a sect of funds that decided to sell off their positions entirely at the end of the second quarter. Interestingly, Peter S. Park’s Park West Asset Management dropped the biggest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, worth close to $10 million in stock. Jim Simons’s fund, Renaissance Technologies, also cut its stock, about $1.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds at the end of the second quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP)?

Insider buying is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time period, CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to CAI International Inc (NYSE:CAP). These stocks are Aircastle Limited (NYSE:AYR), Electro Rent Corporation (NASDAQ:ELRC), Fly Leasing Ltd(ADR) (NYSE:FLY), seacube container leasing ltd (NYSE:BOX), and McGrath RentCorp (NASDAQ:MGRC). This group of stocks are the members of the rental & leasing services industry and their market caps are similar to CAP’s market cap.

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