Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones’s Telecom and Tech Picks: MetroPCS Communications Inc (PCS), Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (VOD)

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Insider Monkey has processed hundreds of 13F filings from hedge funds and other notable investors for the fourth quarter of 2012; these filings disclose many long equity positions which Tudor Investments Corp. had in its portfolio at the end of December. By aggregating 13F filings, we can develop investment strategies including imitating hedge funds’ most popular stocks in various categories (see how these strategies have performed in the past).

TUDOR INVESTMENT CORPBillionaire Paul Tudor Jones made significant investments in the telecommunications and tech sectors in Q4 of 2012. Tudor Jones relies heavily on technical analysis in his trading, including the use of Elliot Wave Theory.  It is believed that Jones used technical analysis to successfully predict a market drop on Black Monday in 1987, and made massive amounts of money shorting the market that day.  Due to his legendary success as a trader, short-term investors may wish to emulate Tudor’s holdings.  (See Tudor’s favorite small-cap picks.)

MetroPCS Communications Inc (NYSE:PCS) is a wireless broadband mobile communications company that offers voice services, data services, custom calling features and advanced handsets.   Jones increased his number of shares in MetroPCS from 13,400 in Q3 to 2,485,224 in Q4 of 2012.  MetroPCS Communications Inc (NYSE:PCS) is currently in negotiations for acquisition by T-Mobile, with a shareholder vote on the proposed deal scheduled for March 28th.  If approved, the company’s shareholders would receive $1.5 billion in cash, at $4.06 per share, and a 25% ownership stake in the new company.  Jones’s increased ownership is likely a bet on the favorable terms of the proposed merger.  MetroPCS Communications Inc (NYSE:PCS)’s share price has been in a trading range of $9.20 to $10.48 since the first of the year, but could rise significantly if the merger is approved.  However, the terms of the merger deal are under increased scrutiny by large MetroPCS Communications Inc (NYSE:PCS) shareholder John Paulson, who held 38 million shares during Q4 of 2012.

Tudor Jones also increased his investment in Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD) by 817% in Q4 of 2012. Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD) is another mobile communications provider headquartered in the U.K.  The Company has a 45% stake in a joint venture with Verizon Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VZ) to operate Verizon Wireless.  Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD) is facing decreased revenues in Europe.  The Company recently reported a 2.6% decrease in group revenue for 2012, year over year, as well as decreased revenues from its operations in Southern Europe, including the economically hard-hit Spain and Italy. Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD)’s share price took a 10% dive over a number of days after the disappointing numbers were reported, and is currently trading below its 50 and 200 day SMA.

Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ:FTR) is a communications company providing a variety of voice, data, Internet, and television services, with a focus on rural communities in the United States.  Tudor Investment Corp. reported that it held 4 million shares of Frontier in Q4 of 2012, which is up 48% from Q3.  The company sports a very attractive dividend yield of 9.66%.  However, the continued viability of yield in the traditionally dividend laden telecommunications sector may be in question.  Frontier’s stock price took a 12% nose dive from February 13th to February 15th on news that its competitor, Centurylink (NYSE:CTL), was cutting its dividend.  This spooked the entire sector, and other smaller-cap telecom companies fell on the news as well. Hence, investors should take the future prospects for dividends into account before creating a position in Frontier.

Let’s see a couple of Tudor’s tech picks for Q4 of 2012.

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