This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (HA)

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Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA) was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. HA shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with HA holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a look at the recent action encompassing Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA).

What does the smart money think about Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 14% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Zac Hirzel’s Hirzel Capital Management had the most valuable position in Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA), worth close to $14.5 million, accounting for 5.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Nokota Management, managed by Matthew Knauer and Mina Faltas, which held a $10.1 million position; the fund has 0.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have jumped into Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA) headfirst. Hirzel Capital Management, managed by Zac Hirzel, assembled the largest position in Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA). Hirzel Capital Management had 14.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Richard L. Haydon’s Yield Capital Partners (Y/Cap Management) also initiated a $0.2 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors, Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA)?

Insider buying is most useful when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA) has seen 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA). These stocks are Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ:ALGT), Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (ADR) (NYSE:GOL), SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ:SKYW), Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:RJET), and Era Group Inc (NYSE:ERA). All of these stocks are in the regional airlines industry and their market caps are similar to HA’s market cap.

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