One commercial leasing player that insiders are snapping up a big amount of stock in here is Aircastle (AYR), which acquires, leases and sells high-utility commercial jet aircraft to passenger and cargo airlines throughout the world. Insiders are buying this stock into major strength, since shares are up sharply by 38% so far in 2013.
Aircastle has a market cap of $1.4 billion and an enterprise value of $4.4 billion. This stock trades at a reasonable valuation, with a trailing price-to-earnings of 30.36 and a forward price-to-earnings of 9.30. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 118.8%, and for next year it's pegged at 6.9%. This is not a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $430.27 million and its total debt is $3.54 billion. This stock currently sports a dividend yield of 3.9%.
A director just bought 60,000 shares, or about $1.04 million worth of stock, at $16.74 per share. This same director also just bought 30,300 shares, or about $520,000 worth of stock, at $17.19 per share.From a technical perspective, AYR is currently trending above both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bullish. This stock has been uptrending modestly for the last few weeks, with shares moving higher from its low of $16.01 to its intraday high of $17.66 a share. During that uptrend, shares of AYR have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of AYR within range of triggering a big breakout trade. If you're bullish on AYR, then look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above its 50-day at $16.91, and then once it breaks out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $17.94 to its 52-week high at $18.12 a share high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average volume of 520,333 shares. If that breakout hits, then AYR will set up to enter new 52-week high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $20 to $25 a share.
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