Martin Whitman, Insiders Bullish About These Stocks

The following commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet's guest contributor program, which is separate from the company's news coverage.

NEW YORK ( Insider Monkey) -- Martin Whitman is the founder, co-chief investment officer, and portfolio manager of the Third Avenue Management, which has nearly $5 billion in assets under management.

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Below we compiled a list of stocks both Whitman and insiders are bullish about. All stocks are in Whitman's portfolio and were purchased by at least one insider during the past three months.

The Bank of New York Mellon ( BK): BNY Mellon is a global financial services company. Whitman had $251 million invested in the stock and it was purchased by two insiders over the past three months. It has a market cap of $23.3 billion, a P/E ratio of 8.75, and the stock is down 36.64% since the beginning of this year. Jean-Marie Eveillard also had over $400 million invested in BK.

KeyCorp ( KEY): KeyCorp is the parent holding company for KeyBank National Association, through which its banking services are provided. Whitman had $115 million invested in the stock and one insider purchased it over the past three months. It has a market cap of $6.3 billion, a P/E ratio of 6.8, and the stock is down 24.74% since the beginning of this year. Ken Griffin had $174 million invested in KEY shares.

Applied Materials ( AMAT). Applied provides manufacturing equipment, services and software to the global semiconductor, flat panel display, solar photovoltaic and related industries. Whitman had $48.3 million invested in the stock and it was purchased by one insider over the past three months. It has a market cap of $14.5 billion, a P/E ratio of 7.57, and the stock is down 20.49% since the beginning of this year. Ken Fisher had $525 million invested in AMAT shares.

Broadridge Financial Solutions ( BR): Broadridge is a global provider of technology solutions to the financial services industry. Whitman had $39.7 million invested in the stock and it was purchased by one insider over the past three months. It has a market cap of $2.6 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.64, and the stock is down 1.58% since the beginning of this year. Leon Cooperman invested nearly $100 million in BR shares.

Lexmark International ( LXK): Lexmark is engaged in developing, manufacturing and supplying printing and, imaging, document workflow, and content management solutions for the office.

Whitman had $38.2 million invested in the stock and it was purchased by one insider over the past three months. It has a market cap of $2.4 billion, a P/E ratio of 7.02, and the stock has declined 13.07% since the beginning of this year. David Dreman, Cliff Asness, and Ray Dalio all invested more than $20 million in LXK.

Seacor Holdings ( CKH): Seacor owns, operates, invests in and markets in the offshore oil and gas, industrial aviation and marine transportation industries. Whitman had $36.4 million invested in the stock and it was purchased by two insiders over the past three months. It has a market cap of $1.9 billion, a P/E ratio of 9.31, and the stock is down 13.87% since the beginning of this year. Cliff Asness, Michael Lowenstein, and Chuck Royce all had over $40 million invested in CKH.

Montpelier Re Holdings ( MRH): Montpelier provides insurance and reinsurance solutions to the global market. Whitman had $35.1 million invested in the stock and it was purchased by one insider over the past three months. It has a market cap of $1.1 billion, a P/E ratio of 31.33, and the stock has declined 8.88% since the beginning of this year. Chuck Royce had $50 million invested in MRH.

Westlake Chemical ( WLK): Westlake Chemical is a vertically integrated manufacturer and marketer of basic chemicals, vinyls, polymers and fabricated polyvinyl chloride building products. Whitman had $28.9 million invested in the stock and it was purchased by one insider over the past three months. It has a market cap of $2.5 billion, a P/E ratio of 8.19, and the stock has declined 11.69% since the beginning of this year. Chuck Royce had $279 million invested in WLK.

HCC Insurance Holdings ( HCC): HCC Insurance Holdings is a specialty insurer with offices in the U.S., U.K., Spain and Ireland. Whitman had $28.8 million invested in the stock and it was purchased by three insiders over the past three months. It has a market cap of $3.0 billion, a P/E ratio of 10.26, and the stock is down 3.89% since the beginning of this year. John W. Rogers invested over $70 million in HCC shares.

MEMC Electronic Materials ( WFR): MEMC Electronic Materials is engaged in the development, manufacture, and sale of silicon wafers. Whitman had $26.6 million invested in the stock and it was purchased by 11 insiders over the past three months. It has a market cap of $1.3 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.56, and the stock has declined 50.09% since the beginning of this year. Chuck Royce also had $19 million of WFR shares.

This commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet guest contributor program. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of TheStreet or its management.

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