In this article, we will discuss the 10 stocks to invest in according to Sean Murphy’s Game Creek Capital. If you want to skip our detailed analysis of Murphy’s history, investment philosophy, and hedge fund performance, go directly to 5 Stocks To Invest In According To Game Creek Capital.
Hedge fund manager Sean Murphy serves as the president and chief investment officer at the Boston-based investment management fund Game Creek Capital. After earning his B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame, Sean Murphy served as an equity research associate at Credit Suisse Boston till 2000. He later served as a senior analyst at Vardon Capital Management for over seven years, focusing on the media and consumer sectors, until taking over Game Greek Capital in 2010 after the death of the fund’s previous manager, Scott Mayo.
Game Creek Capital employs an absolute return, long/short strategy and mainly invests in the media, consumer, and telecom sectors. The fund makes use of bottom-up research to recognize companies that are currently undervalued and considers them for investment.
Some of the top stocks present in the investment portfolio of Game Creek Capital at the end of the second quarter of 2021 include Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), Salesforce.com, Inc. (NYSE:CRM) and Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), among others discussed in detail below.
With this background in mind, let us now look towards the 10 stocks to invest in according to Game Creek Capital. We made use of Game Creek Capital’s 13F portfolio for the second quarter for this analysis.
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10 Stocks To Invest In According To Game Creek Capital
10. Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO)
Game Creek Capital’s Stake Value: $5.43 million
Percentage of Game Creek Capital’s 13F Portfolio: 2.73%
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 60
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) is a California-based multinational tech conglomerate that manufactures, develops, and sells networking hardware, software, telecommunications and other high-tech equipment.
On September 20, MKM Partners analyst Fahad Najam raised the price target on Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) to $69 from $60, and kept a Buy rating on the shares of the company.
“Also in IT, we added Cisco Systems, which provides IT and networking services in the form of network security, software development and cloud computing. Cisco continues to derive over 50% of its sales from on-premise deployments of its products of enterprise and small and midsize customers, while recurring revenues from software are becoming a larger part of the mix. Return-to-office enterprise spending should offer upside to its core campus business. Cisco was an early technology leader in sustainability over two decades ago, through its Internet-connecting capabilities which supported live concerts in partnership with the United Nations Development Program to raise awareness and funds to fight poverty. Cisco has very strong environmental standards (including driving lower energy consumption in IT departments through new product innovations and a longstanding goal to reduce emissions and reliance on non-renewable energy sources). Its data privacy and supply chain management policies are best in class.”
9. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)
Game Creek Capital’s Stake Value: $5.44 million
Percentage of Game Creek Capital’s 13F Portfolio: 2.73%
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 84
Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) is a multinational entertainment company based in Philadelphia that provides cable TV, high-speed internet and home phone services to its customers.
Sean Murphy’s Game Creek Capital currently holds 95,500 shares of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), amounting to over $5.44 million in worth and representing 2.73% of the fund’s portfolio. By the end of the second quarter of 2021, 84 hedge funds out of the 873 tracked by Insider Monkey held stakes in Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) worth roughly $9.3 billion. This is compared to 88 hedge funds in the previous quarter with a total stake value of approximately $9.76 billion.
On September 29, Pivotal Research analyst Jeffrey Wlodarczak raised the his price target on Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) to $75 from $72 and kept a Buy rating on the shares.
“We funded the shift primarily with trims in Comcast following big gains in this name. Comcast is a long-term holding that have been and remain core holdings. During the quarter, however, we took gains and resized the positions to reflect their current risk-reward post strong increases in the stocks.
Comcast, like Blackstone, has been a meaningful long-term holding whose stock performance has at times lagged its robust fundamental performance. Over the last nine months the stock price caught up some with the fundamentals and looked like it had more room to run. Our thesis on the name evolved, however, following the May 17 announcement that competitor Discovery was merging its operations with Time Warner. This deal positions the new company as a credible competitor to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Disney, and results in Comcast being left without the proverbial dance partner in the evolving pay TV/DTC landscape. While we continue to believe Comcast’s cable systems business is well-positioned and that NBCUniversal remains valuable, the competitive dynamic for NBCUniversal has stiffened. Our reduced position size reflects both our continued enthusiasm for many parts of the franchise and emerging concerns given the evolving pay TV/DTC landscape.”
8. The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS)
Game Creek Capital’s Stake Value: $5.48 million
Percentage of Game Creek Capital’s 13F Portfolio: 2.75%
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 43
The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) is a Florida-based fertilizer company that is involved in the production of nutrients and fertilizers, including concentrated phosphate and potash.
As of Q2 2021, Sean Murphy’s hedge fund holds over 171,750 shares of the company, worth $5.48 million. The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) currently accounts for 2.75% of the fund’s 13F portfolio. Of the 873 elite funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, 43 have positions in The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS), up from 38 in the previous quarter. The total value of these stakes is roughly $809 million.
On October 12, Mizuho analyst Christopher Parkinson initiated coverage of The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) with a Buy rating and a $55 price target.
Appleseed Fund mentioned The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) in its Q1 2021 investor letter. Here is what the firm has to say:
“Our most significant contributors to the Fund’s equity performance during the quarter (includes) Mosaic Company (MOS). As for Mosaic, its share price has risen in sympathy with increasing grain prices, which should stimulate additional farmer investment into improving crop yields.”
7. Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ:QRTEA)
Game Creek Capital’s Stake Value: $5.8 million
Percentage of Game Creek Capital’s 13F Portfolio: 2.92%
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 31
Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRTEA), is a Colorado-based media conglomerate that provides e-commerce services for its customers worldwide. Ranked seventh on our list of the 10 stocks to invest in according to Game Creek Capital, Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ:QRTEA) has a market capitalization of $4.22 billion.
According to the latest filings, Game Creek Capital owned 444,000 shares in the firm at the end of June 2021 worth over $5.8 million, representing 2.92% of the fund’s portfolio.
By the end of the second quarter of 2021, 39 hedge funds out of the 873 tracked by Insider Monkey held stakes in Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRTEA) worth about $889.7 million. This is compared to 31 hedge funds in the previous quarter with a total stake value of approximately $776.29 million.
White Brook Capital, in its Q3 2021 investor letter, mentioned Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRTEA). Here is what the fund said:
“Qurate Retail (QRTEA) was bought during the 3rd quarter. Qurate’s largest business is broadcast video shopping channels Home Shopping Network (HSN) and QVC. These channels cater to an older, mostly female clientele and has proven to be more durable than many have expected. The opportunity for Qurate is in online video shopping – a category that is being unsuccessfully targeted by the largest players in online shopping – including Amazon, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google. Qurate has compelling personalities and the technical knowhow on how to best present and maximize sales in video format and can port those skills to the online format. The price for the stock indicates that the marginal seller of the stock doesn’t appreciate that online video shopping is different from shopping online as the presenter and the presentation – not only the good – is content and the reason that a potential consumer engages and then buys. This is hard, Qurate does it well, and many merchants need those skills.
The Company also has independent fulfillment – a boon for sellers who might not want to rely on Amazon or Facebook to succeed. Today, many publishers use Amazon affiliate links to derive 100% profit margin revenue by referring viewers of their content to Amazon to purchase covered items there. A good first step, but I expect content producers to move away from Amazon’s affiliate links and increasingly run independent e-commerce stores. Qurate has the assets and strategic flexibility to help provide those services.
Critically, this long term growth opportunity is occurring in the short term and the market should be able to understand whether Qurate has traction providing these services relatively quickly. Critically, repositioning assets for online video has few incremental costs for Qurate and the revenue opportunity is large. If they have any success pivoting online, I believe the stock is very undervalued, and we’ll do well, while if they do better than that, the returns could be great. If they are unsuccessful, the Company will continue to generate significant cash flow and is guided by owners and managers who understand the value of returning unproductive cash to shareholders – limiting the downside. There’s a likelihood they are able to do both – return capital and grow the business and total shareholder returns could be best in class over the next couple years.”
6. The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR)
Game Creek Capital’s Stake Value: $5.85 million
Percentage of Game Creek Capital’s 13F Portfolio: 2.94%
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 39
The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) is a retail corporation based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company operates supermarkets and convenience stores throughout the United States, and is recognized as one of the country’s largest retailers.
Sean Murphy’s Game Creek Capital currently holds over 152,750 shares of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), amounting to more than $5.85 million in worth and representing 2.94% of the fund’s total portfolio. By the end of the second quarter of 2021, 39 hedge funds out of the 873 tracked by Insider Monkey held stakes in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), worth around $3.56 billion. This is compared to 35 hedge funds in the previous quarter with a total stake value of approximately $3.15 billion.
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