It’s a busy week for following the moves of the world’s richest and most influential investors. We have the Robin Hood Investors Conference in New York, which normally produces some investing nuggets from billionaire investors. And the deadline for their quarterly public disclosures to the SEC on their stock holdings is today (13f filings).
Remember, in the second quarter, the world was in the cross hairs of the calamity in Europe, surrounding the threat of a Greek default and exit from the euro. As Greece brought the world to the edge of disaster, the world’s biggest investors showed some fear, as they began shuffling their portfolios. While the turnover was much more subdued in the third quarter, there are a number of interesting buys and sells from the world’s top investors.
1) Billionaire hedge fund manager, David Tepper, who probably has the best 20 year track record of any investor alive, made quite a few interesting moves last quarter. Tepper slashed his holdings in large cap tech: Apple (AAPL) Google, (GOOG) and sold all of his Alibaba (BABA) stake. Tepper initiated new positions in Nike (NKE), Allstate (ALL) and Southwest Airlines (LUV).
2) Billionaire value investor Seth Klarman initiated a new 52 million share position in Alcoa, making him the second largest shareholder in this beaten down S&P 500 stock. Alcoa sells for just $8 a share but has a book value of almost $10. Alcoa is down almost 50% YTD, so Klarman is trying to pick a bottom in this aluminum stock.
3) Warren Buffett initiated a new positon in AT&T (T) and Kraft Heinz (KFC). Buffett now owns an incredible $22 billion of Kraft Heinz making his second largest position or 18% of his portfolio. Buffett also purchased more IBM (IBM) and trimmed his stakes in Goldman Sachs (GS) and Wal-Mart (WMT).
4) Billionaire hedge fund manager Dan Loeb of Third Point also took a new position in Kraft Heinz as well, almost $600 million. Loeb also took new stakes in Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Avago Technologies (AVGO). Loeb sold all of his SunEdison (SUNE) and Perrigo (PRGO) positions.
5) At the Robin Hood investment conference this morning, billionaire hedge fund manager, David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital said his “Best Idea” was Consol Energy (CNX), a coal and natural gas stock. The fund owns almost 23 million shares of Consol making it one its largest holdings. Einhorn first purchased the stock at $37.58 in late 2014, today it sells for $7.76. If Consol goes back to Einhorn’s purchase price it would mean a 350% return.
6) In an interview at the Robin Hood Investors Conference, Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan, gave a rare glimpse into his billion dollar portfolio. Dimon said that he owns 3 stocks: Yum Brands (YUM), Boeing (BA) and Union Pacific (UNP).
7) Billionaire Leon Cooperman initiated a new almost $100 million stake in Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) at prices between $155 and $260. Cooperman also initiated new stakes in Pfizer and Amazon. That reiterates our view that billionaire investors hedge funds continue to buy more healthcare and biotech stocks, even as the rest of the world is running from the sector.
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