Point72 Asset Management, the legal successor to the hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors, is a family office hedge fund firm established by Steven A. Cohen in 1992. The Connecticut-based successor hedge fund was officially launched in April 2014 with approximately $9 billion in funds. Steven Cohen’s former SAC Capital was shut down in 2013 and paid a substantial fine to settle criminal insider-trading charges. Moreover, SAC Capital’s successor, Point72 Asset Management, is prohibited from managing money for outside investors as part of settling these criminal insider-trading charges with the Justice Department, though Cohen is reportedly interested in managing outside money again. Regardless, Steven Cohen’s freshly-launched family office hedge fund has been nearly as profitable as his former fund. Point72 focuses primarily on a long/short equity investing approach and makes significant quantitative and macro investments. According to the fund’s latest 13F filing with the SEC, Cohen and his team at Point72 manage a public equity portfolio worth $14.67 billion as of March 31. In the following article, we will consider some of Steven Cohen’s major tech investments, which include the following companies: Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB).
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Point72 Asset Management increased its equity stake in Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) by 70,100 shares, ending the quarter with 330,100 shares valued at $122.83 million. The shares of Amazon have grown by over 40% year-to-date and are currently trading at around $436 per share. The company has just introduced an improved Kindle Paperwhite with upgraded display and updated software features created for book lovers. The freshly-introduced Kindle is priced at $119 and is already available for pre-order, with the shipments anticipated to begin by the end of this month. Amazon is aiming to produce and market the world’s best e-reader by constantly delivering upgrades and new features. In the meantime, the new Kindle might boost the company’s revenues in the upcoming months as Amazon continues to hold a dominant position in the online book market. Within our database, Boykin Curry’s Eagle Capital Management is among the largest investors in Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), holding 2.23 million shares.