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Altimeter Capital Management’s Top Picks Include Online Travel and Airline Stocks

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Brad Gerstner’s Altimeter Capital Management boasted an equity portfolio worth $1.34 billion at the end of the second quarter, according to the fund’s last 13F filing, which also showed that the fund had its primary investments in service and technology sectors. 2016 hasn’t been the most favorable year for Altimeter Capital. According to our methodology, which calculates the weighted average return of  especially with 14 of its stock positions in companies’ worth over $1 billion losing 16% in the June quarter and 13.2% year-to-date. Despite the dismal performance of these stocks, the equity portfolio of the investment firm grew 1% during the quarter.

In this article, we’ll discuss the top stock picks of Altimeter Capital Management at the end of the second quarter, and how these stocks have performed of late.

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Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK)

– Share held by Altimeter Capital (as of June 30): 902,489

– Value of Altimeter Capital’s stake (as of June 30): $52.61 million

Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) ranks fifth in Altimeter Capital’s equity portfolio, accounting for 3.91% of its portfolio value. The investment firm’s stake has remained unchanged from the last quarter. Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies is the largest stockholder of Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) in our database, with 3.17 million shares worth over $184.02 million. Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) has done fairly well in the third quarter, with its share prices growing 15.27% since June 30, but the stock still remains down by 17.4% year-to-date. The stock gained momentum earlier this month after reporting positive August and year-to-date operational results.

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– Share held by Altimeter Capital (as of June 30): 1.29 million

– Value of Altimeter Capital’s stake (as of June 30): $53.03 million

The Chinese travel service provider is the fourth largest stock holding of Altimeter Capital management. The investment firm has made no changes in its stake in International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CTRP) from the last quarter. Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management is among the largest stockholders of the company, owning 9.82 million shares valued at $410.07 million as of the end of June. International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CTRP) announced its second quarter 2016 financial results on August 31. The company reported net revenues of $664 million, up by 75% year-on-year. However, its bottom line dropped to a loss of $0.17 against earnings of $0.02 in the prior year quarter. The shares of International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CTRP) have dropped by 6.26% year-to-date.

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