David Harding‘s Winton Capital disclosed its holdings in publicly traded US stocks in a regulatory filing. The firm disclosed an equity portfolio valued at $12.56 billion at the end of March. The top holdings of Winton Capital are represented by International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE:EW), Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) with the investor’s stakes in these companies have been increased significantly over the quarter. Harding founded Winton Capital Management in 1997 with investment capital of $1.6 million. Investing in future markets was firm’s main strategy since its inception until the launch of Winton Evolution Fund, which based on diversified investment strategy, in 2005. After growing very rapidly, nowadays the firm manages more than US$30 billion and employs more than 300 researchers.
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Harding’s latest filing disclosed ownership of 1.14 million shares of International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), with a market value of $182.81 million, up by 272% over the quarter. With P/E ratio of 11 the stock trades at a significant discount to other Information Technology Services companies which have an average P/E ratio of 19.0. Other tech giants also have higher valuation multiples than IBM. For example Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) trades at a P/E ratio of 15.92, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) trades at a P/E ratio of 20.06 and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) trades at a PE of 27.13. Furthermore IBM’s cloud division achieved year over year growth rate of 60% in 2014. There is also one thing which makes International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) very special. Legendary investor Warren Buffett had 79.56 million shares of the company which valued at $12.77 billion at the end of first quarter of 2015. Buffett has increased his position in the company by 2.59 million shares during the first quarter of 2015.