Billionaire David Harding’s Winton Capital Group recently filed its Form 13F for the second quarter of 2014. The fund disclosed more than 640 equity positions – from almost every sector in the economy, with a combined market value of more than $14.66 billion. Let’s take a look at some of his mega-cap tech stock picks for the quarter.
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) is amongst Harding’s favorites. However, this $127.8 billion market cap communications and information technology (IT) company saw the fund slightly trim its stake over the quarter. Winton Capital disclosed ownership of 3.31 million shares of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), down from 3.4 million declared by the end of the first quarter. This position, worth more than $82 million, accounts for roughly 0.56% of Winton Capital’s total equity portfolio.
Similar is the case of Donald Yacktman’s Yacktman Asset Management, which also reduced its exposure to Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) slightly, but still holds 62.28 million shares of the company, with a market value of more than $1.54 billion. Moreover, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management declared a 6% increase in its stake in the company, and now owns 15.1 million shares.
The fund’s second largest stake amongst mega-cap tech companies is in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC). Harding boosted his exposure to the tech giant during the second quarter, and now owns approximately 2.5 million shares of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), which have a market value of $77.33 million.
Once again, Fisher Asset Management can be counted among the company’s shareholders. After purchasing almost 1 million shares during the last quarter, the fund owns 18.96 million shares of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC).
Like many other hedge funds and investors, Winton Capital seems to love Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Over the second quarter of the year, the fund upped its bet on the tech behemoth by 22.7%, and now owns 690,536 shares of the company. The position in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has a market value of more than $64 million.
Yet again, Ken Fisher disclosed an increase in his stake in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), as well. His fund now owns 10.74 million shares of the company, worth almost $1 billion.
Another company that is amongst Harding’s top tech picks is is Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). However, the fund trimmed its exposure to the company by 5% over the second quarter, and now owns about 1.76 million shares, worth $73.79 million.
Donald Yacktman is also long is Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). His fund revealed ownership of 32.93 million shares of the company by the end of the second quarter. Another fund that seems quite bullish about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is Jeffrey Ubben’s Valueact Capital, which owned 71.28 million shares of the company by the end of the first quarter of 2014.
Finally, there’s Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), a $179 billion market cap software and infrastructure company. The fund declared a 33.4% increase in its participation in the company, and now owns 1.41 million shares of Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), worth more than $57 million.
Yacktman and Fisher are, once again, amongst the company’s shareholders. Nonetheless, the largest hedge fund investor –amongst those we track, is Harris Associates. This fund last disclosed (as of the end of the first quarter) ownership of more than 68.4 million shares of Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL).
Disclosure: Javier Hasse holds no position in any stocks or funds mentioned