3 Stocks Hedge Funds Were Snapping Up During the Crash

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In a new filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, William B. Gray’s Orbis Investment Management Ltd disclosed ownership of 3.46 million shares of NOW Inc (NYSE:DNOW), a 3.23% stake in the company. In this article, we’ll dig into this filing, as well as the latest filings from Red Alder GP LLC and Woodford Investment Management.

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Orbis is a relatively large fund with offices in many big cities such as London, Hong Kong, and Sydney. Orbis Investment’s umbrella of funds utilizes a variety of strategies, but for the most part, they are long-term investors. The fund’s public equity portfolio was worth over $13 billion at the end of June, and mainly consisted of Technology, Services, and Basic Materials stocks.

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Let’s get back to Orbis Investment’s filing on NOW Inc (NYSE:DNOW). The fund’s disclosed stake represents a massive decrease from the 9.84 million shares that it held at the end of June. Orbis initiated a position in NOW Inc during the second quarter of 2014, when the company went public after being spun-off from National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV). At the end of last year, the fund disclosed increasing its position in the company to 10.72 million shares.

Texas-based NOW Inc (NYSE:DNOW) is engaged in the distribution of oil and gas products in the U.S, Canada, and other countries. It has a market cap of nearly $2.0 billion. The company’s shares are showing some improvement, increasing by nearly 9% during the last 30 days. However, the stock has still lost 32.88% year-to-date. Another investor that sees value in NOW Inc is First Eagle Investment Management, which holds 8.53 million shares of the company.

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On the next page, you’ll learn about the stock in which Red Alder GP reported an ownership stake of over 5%.

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