Selz Capital LCC is a New York-based hedge fund firm that currently manages an equity portfolio worth $580 million. Trading and investment advisory services are the main operations of the hedge fund, which operates under the guidance and supervision of founding partner Bernard Selz. The latest 13F filing of the fund for the reporting period of March 31 reveals that it holds a diversified portfolio, with assets fairly evenly distributed between multiple sectors. Among the leading sectors the fund invests in are the consumer discretionary, transportation, energy, and healthcare sectors, with 61 positions all told. As of the reporting period, the hedge fund’s holdings in Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD), Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) and Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI) were among the top ten largest holdings within its portfolio, and we’ll look at these stocks in this article.
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Selz Capital increased its position in Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) to an even 300,000 shares, a 50% increase from the end of 2014. The stock-picking professionals at Selz Capital made the right decision when investing in Gilead, with shares up by more than 35% since the majority of their investment was made, and they still feel strongly about the stock further strengthening their position. It’s been a while since Gilead Sciences Inc. reported its strong first quarter financial results, however the market seems to reflect the constantly increasing expectations for this company’s future. Gilead generated roughly $7.59 billion in total revenue during the first quarter, which was an increase of 3.82% quarter-over-quarter and 51.8% year-over-year. Selz Capital is only one of the many hedge funds that are bullish on Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD). White Elm Capital and Healthinvest Partners AB also hold huge stakes in the company.