Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) was another popular energy stock among hedge funds, with a small number of sales bringing it to 49 filers. One fund which was adding shares was Renaissance Technologies, founded by billionaire Jim Simons; Renaissance nearly doubled its stake to a total of 2.1 million shares (find more stocks Renaissance was buying).
47 hedge funds and other notable investors owned Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO), the same number that did at the beginning of October. AQR Capital Management was buying the stock in Q4 2012 and reported owning 1.1 million shares in the 13f filing; AQR is managed by Cliff Asness (check out Asness’s stock picks).
Our database showed that National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV), an equipment and services company which includes drilling rigs among its offerings, was owned by 43 filers that we track. One of these was Berkshire Hathaway; Warren Buffet’s holding company reported a position of 5.3 million shares (research Buffett’s favorite stocks).
50 hedge funds had owned shares of BP plc (NYSE:BP) at the end of the third quarter, but that figure had fallen to 42 by the beginning of 2013. Seth Klarman’s Baupost Group sold a small number of shares ; BP was still that hedge fund’s top stock pick (see more of Klarman’s largest holdings).
Joining BP at the bottom of the top ten list, with 42 13F filers in our database reporting a position, was fellow supermajor Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX). D.E. Shaw- named after its founder, billionaire David Shaw- was one fund with a large position in Chevron.
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