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Elliott Management Talks Activism, Korea, and Favorite Stocks

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Elliott Management was founded by Paul Singer and it is based out of New York City. The firm’s flagship fund Elliott Associates has offered compounded annual return of 13.5% since its inception in 1977. The fund is highly diversified and engages in activism oriented investment.

In an interview with Barron’s, Jon Pollock, the co-CEO and an equity partner of Elliott Management discussed several stocks. According to Pollock, Dell Technologies Inc. (NYSE:DVMT), Encana Corporation (NYSE:ECA) and Allergan plc Ordinary shares (NYSE:AGN) stocks have considerable upside potential as these stocks are trading at discounts vis-à-vis their peers. The co-CEO also discussed the future potential of Citrix Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) and Hess Corp (NYSE:HES). He discussed activism and stated that the fund tries to find core issues to accelerate the returns from investments. Pollock also stated that Korean stocks tend to be undervalued on account of less than stellar governance.

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Dell Technologies Inc. (NYSE:DVMT) stock has lost 0.9% so far this year. At the end of June, Elliott Associates held 42 million shares of Dell Technologies worth $1.14 billion. The fund’s co-CEO stated that Dell Technologies is a VMware-tracking stock. It was issued pursuant to Dell’s acquisition of EMC. The stock’s current market price put it at nearly 37% discount to VMware common stock, showing substantial upside for the stock. According to Pollock, owning the tracking stock allows for owning VMware stock at considerable discount.

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Citrix Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS)’s stock has advanced by over 12% year-to-date. Elliott Associates reported holding a stake worth $537 million, which contained 6.7 million shares of the company, as of the end of June. Among the funds we track, 45 funds held $1.36 billion worth of  Citrix Systems’ stock in aggregate at the end of June, having amassed 11% of its outstanding stock. Pollock stated that the fund has a seat on Citrix Systems’s board and the fund is bullish on the company as its new CEO has streamlined the company to focus on its core areas. Citrix’s profit margin has also improved significantly. The company stock is also likely to benefit from upcoming spinning off of its GoTo suite of products. These products will be merged with a publicly listed entity.

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