A Look At The Top Five Picks of John Griffin’s Blue Ridge Capital

John Griffin‘s Blue Ridge Capital has managed to return 65% in 2007 and also a very healthy 8% during the financial crisis of 2008. The hedge fund now manages $9.71 billion in equity portfolio, according to the latest 13F filing. The portfolio value has increased from $8.37 billion reported for the quarter ending September, 2013. The hedge fund initiated 12 new positions and completely sold out its stakes in eight stocks during the quarter ending December 31, 2013. The hedge fund focuses heavily on Services and Technology sectors with more than 47% of its portfolio value riding on these two sectors.

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The five top most holding show that Blue Ridge holds almost 5.6% of its portfolio value in Endo Health Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:ENDP). The hedge fund holds 8.0 million shares, worth $539.68. Endo Health scored a legal victory in late January, when a district court in the U.S. ruled in its favor and upheld the validity of the company’s patent on its acute migraine drug Frova.

Charter Communications Inc (NASDAQ:CHTR) comes in on the second place, with the hedge fund holding 2.84 million shares, worth $387.72 million. Charter Communications has dropped its bid for Time Warner Cable Inc (NYSE:TWC) but it is still open to new acquisitions in the sector. The gap between the company and the highest bidder has widened and Charter decided that it would be more prudent to wait for better priced acquisitions.

The next on the list is Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO) with the hedge fund investing 3.93% of its equity portfolio in the company. The fund now holds 3.43 million shares of the company, worth $381.37 million. According to the previous filing, Blue Ridge had 3.70 million shares of Thermo Fisher at the end of September 2013

Blue Ridge maintained its position in American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG) unchanged during the fourth quarter. The fund owns 7.32 million shares of AIG worth $374.09 million in the company. The company released its quarterly results today. With an EPS of $1.34, American International beat analysts’ expectation of $0.96 by a wide margin.

The last one on the list is its holding of Liberty Global plc – Class A Ordinary Shares (NASDAQ:LBTYA). The fund holds 4.16 million shares, with a reported value of $369.80 million, representing 3.81% of its portfolio value. The stake remained unchanged over the quarter. Liberty Global repurchased $1.1 billion worth of its stock during 2013, with $280 million being repurchased during the last quarter.

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