Valiant Capital, led by Christopher R. Hansen, recently has filed its latest 13F with the Securities and Exchange Commission, disclosing a public equity portfolio worth $1.46 billion as of the end of the third quarter. Valiant Capital is a global long/short equity hedge fund founded by Christopher R. Hansen in March 2008. Hansen served as managing director of Blue Ridge Capital from 2001 to January 2008 before founding Valiant. The fund has a strong focus on Technology stocks, which represented nearly 50% of its total portfolio on September 30. Below we’ll take a closer look at Valiant Capital’s top five picks, which include one healthcare and four technology stocks.
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#5 Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)
– Shares held (as of September 30): 127,700 Class C Shares
– Total Value (as of September 30): $77.70 million
Valiant’s position in Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) represents a new holding that was added in the third quarter. It’s not surprising the Alphabet has attracted the interest of the tech-focused investors, with its shares up by 43% year-to-date, as Google has reorganized itself into the holding company Alphabet. For the third quarter, Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) posted earnings per share (EPS) of $7.35 on revenue of $18.7 billion, beating the Street’s estimates of $7.21 in EPS on revenue of $18.5 billion. A total of 119 hedge funds we track held shares of Alphabet at the end of September, up from 107 investors a quarter earlier. The aggregate value of their holdings jumped to $10.18 billion at the end September compared to $8.59 billion a quarter ago. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is also a favorite stock of Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global, which owned 2.53 million class A shares and 1.12 million class C shares of the company at the end of the third quarter.
#4 Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA)
– Shares held (as of September 30): 996,831
– Total Value (as of September 30): $82.84 million
Valiant Capital’s position in Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) remained unchanged over the quarter. Walgreens Boots Alliance is global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise, with a market cap of $89.22 billion. The company’s financial position looks strong, as it reported a 118.4% increase in earnings for fiscal 2015 to $4.2 billion compared to last year, while earnings per share rose by 100% to $4.00 year-over-year. Its sales in fiscal 2015 increased by 35.4% to $103.4 billion, compared to the same period of the last year. The company’s stock has gained 8.25% year-to-date. Other larges shareholders of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) among those we track include Barry Rosenstein’s JANA Partners and John Armitage’s Egerton Capital Limited, with stakes containing 13.75 million shares and 4.46 million shares, respectively.
On the next page, we’ll take a look at Valiant Capital’s top three stocks.