Argentiere Capital, founded and managed by Deepak Gulati, is a Switzerland-based hedge fund founded in 2013. Gulati is the former head of global equity proprietary trading at JPMorgan Chase. Under his guidance, JPMorgan Chase produced annualised returns of about 19% from 2007 through 2012. Gulati seeks to exploit inefficiencies across the spectrum of equities, and so his fund Argentiere Capital generates returns that are uncorrelated with the market by employing equity volatility strategies. The second quarter weighted average returns of the fund’s 35 long positions in companies with a $1 billion market cap stood at 2.8%, while its year-to-date returns were 5.1% through June 30 using the same metric. It should be noted that these are only based on the fund’s long positions at a fixed point in time, and do not account for changes to positions during the quarter, bonds, options, or short positions, so the actual returns of the fund could be very different than our calculated stock pick returns. At the end of the second quarter of 2015, the fund had 48% of its holdings in finance stocks, 21% in the materials sector, and 14% in information technology. The market value of the fund’s equity portfolio stood at $151.31 million at the end of June, compared to $242.23 million following the prior quarter. This was also accompanied by a high turnover ratio of 100.00%. In this article we’ll take a look at the top tech picks of the fund heading into the third quarter, which are Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), and Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO).
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Argentiere Capital increased its Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) position by 444% in the second quarter, to 98,600 shares with a value of $8.11 million. The fund’s position in the stock amounted to 5.36% of its total portfolio holdings, up from just 0.62%. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) is principally engaged in online and mobile commerce through products, services, and technology, and has a market cap of $210.09 billion. The Chinese e-commerce giant has had a tough year so far, with its stock sliding by about 19.48% year-to-date, though it’s been relatively flat since the end of the first quarter. The company is trying to spur growth by partnering with Unilever plc. (NYSE:UL), with the aim of reaching out to a larger consumer base in China. The company continues to expand its entertainment business and recently partnered with DMG. Rob Citrone‘s Discovery Capital Management held the largest position in Alibaba within our database, owning 8.77 million shares worth over $730 million. Alibaba was the billionaire’s top position as of March 31.