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Author Archive - Usman Rafi

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Hedge Funds Split on Agricultural Chemical Stocks

Agricultural chemical manufacturing industry can be split into two main components; fertilizers, which constitute about 60% of US industry revenue and......(read more)
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How Hedge Funds’ Top Bets on eCommerce Are Performing So Far This Year

While customers benefit from the ease of shopping online whilst enjoying the comfort of their homes, retailers take advantage of the lower cost of doing......(read more)
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Five Cheap Stocks Billionaires Are Bullish On

If there is anyone, who can show an impressive investment record it is the billionaire money managers. We set out to take advantage of their business......(read more)
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Top Pick and Favorite Finance Stocks of BloombergSen

Jonathan Bloomberg‘s value-investment-oriented firm BloombergSen recently filed its Form 13F for the reporting period of June 30 with the SEC. At......(read more)
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Hedge Funds Love These Five Consumer Durables Stocks

Earlier this year, in February, credit rating agency Moody’s changed its outlook on the consumer durables sector to stable from positive. The factors......(read more)
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Healthcare-Focused Broadfin Capital’s Notable Moves Include Cardiovascular Systems, Nevro Corp & Others

Kevin Kotler‘s healthcare-focused fund Broadfin Capital held a 13F portfolio valued at about $1.04 billion at the end of the first quarter, according......(read more)
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Pharmaceutical Stocks Hedge Funds Are Bullish on

Considering that the pharmaceutical industry is down by about 5% on average so far this year one might wonder what is the rationale behind seeking out......(read more)
Och-Ziff Capital Management

Billionaire Daniel Och’s Favorite Stock Picks To Steer Out of Muddy Waters

Daniel S. Och‘s publicly-traded $61 billion hedge fund firm, Och-Ziff Capital Management, has been in choppy waters since last year’s summer......(read more)
Michael Price, MFP Investors

Billionaire Michael Price Enjoys Further Growth Among Stock Picks

Expert value investor Michael Price‘s New York-based hedge fund MFP Investors recently has disclosed its equity holdings as of the end of March......(read more)
Mason Hawkins, Southeastern Asset Management

A Look at Southeastern Asset Management’s Reshuffled Top Stock Picks

Founded in 1975 Mason Hawkins‘ Southeastern Asset Management employs in-house research to pick value stocks based on its fundamentals and quantitative......(read more)
John Burbank PASSPORT CAPITAL

Wary of Forthcoming U.S Recession, John Burbank Sold Off These 5 Stocks in Q1

John Burbank, head of San Francisco-based global investment firm Passport Capital, sounded the alarm concerning a possible contraction of the U.S and......(read more)
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Hedge Funds Fled eBay, GM, and 3 Other Stocks in Q1

It is important for a retail investor to be wary of companies that are losing considerable favor with smart money investors, which likely signals a fundamental......(read more)
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Hedge Funds Hated These Healthcare Stocks in Q1

The healthcare sector is down by about 3.75% so far this year, after enjoying a lengthy bull run into the middle of 2015. While the current breather could......(read more)
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Grisanti Brown & Partners’ Top Bets Show ‘Bullishness’ on Finance Sector

The Harvard Law School graduate Chris Grisanti co-founded the multi billion dollar hedge fund Grisanti Brown & Partners in 1999. The firm makes long......(read more)
Mario Gabelli

Self-made Billionaire Mario Gabelli’s Top Stock Picks

The legendary investor Mario Gabelli is one of the first advocates and practitioners of value investing. He founded GAMCO Investors in 1977. Deducing......(read more)
Greenlight Capital

Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Yelp Inc (YELP) Are Part of Billionaire David Einhorn’s Major Moves

David Einhorn‘s Greenlight Capital had a tough 2015 with losses amounting to 20.2%, even though the annualized returns since its inception in 1996......(read more)
TRIAN PARTNERS

Billionaire Nelson Peltz Bets Big on Industrial, Consumer Staples

Since being established in November 2005, the activist fund Trian Partners has worked with the management teams of a number of under-performing companies......(read more)
Lee Ainslie MAVERICK CAPITAL

Facebook, Adobe, Among Maverick Capital’s Major Q1 Buys as It Looks to Dominate Its Peers Yet Again

Tiger Cub Lee Ainslie‘s $10 billion hedge fund Maverick Capital has beaten its peers for four years running, which includes healthy gains in 2015......(read more)
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Big Hedge Funds Washed Their Hands of These Companies in Q1

The latest round of 13F filings was wrapped up (for the most part) on Monday, as thousands of hedge funds reported the content of their equity portfolios......(read more)
Tom Gayner

Value Investing-Oriented Markel Corp’s Top Stock Picks

Tom Gayner became the head of Markel Gayner Asset Management‘s investment division in 1990. He has been Markel’s chief investment officer......(read more)
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These 5 Stocks Were Dumped by Prominent Hedge Funds in Q1

While it may seem logical for an everyday investor to go long in a company that many hedge funds are bullish on, it is less obvious to steer clear of......(read more)
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Top Five New Positions in Locust Wood’s Equity Portfolio

Stephen J. Ericco established Locust Wood Capital Advisers in 2002 after a long, successful career on Wall Street, which involved positions at Lehman......(read more)
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Glaxis Capital All-In on These Two Stocks After Slashing Portfolio

Paul Holland and Matthew Miller co-founded Glaxis Capital in 2005. The fund’s equity portfolio has remained fairly concentrated since the end of......(read more)
BRIDGEWATER ASSOCIATES

Ray Dalio’s 5 Monster Moves in Q1: Disney, McDonald’s, Alphabet, Amazon, Coca-Cola

If the monitoring of the latest hedge fund moves is of any importance to a retail investor (and we believe that it is), then Ray Dalio‘s Bridgewater......(read more)
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Gardner Russo & Gardner Betting on Beer, Cigarettes, and the Credit Needed to Buy Them

The current round of 13F filings is nearing its conclusion as smart money investors continue to reveal their equity holdings as of March 31. In this......(read more)
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Impax Asset Management Is Betting Heavily on Water Stocks

Ian Simm‘s Impax Asset Management has a unique investment philosophy in that it seeks out mispriced companies that are set to benefit from the......(read more)
Harold Levy Iridian Asset Management

Does Iridian Asset Management See Corporate Change Catapulting These Stocks Forward?

Iridian Asset Management was founded in 1996 by David Cohen and Harold Levy, with the goal of profiting from market inefficiencies in the wake of corporate......(read more)
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Third Avenue Management Cuts Real Estate Holdings Heading Into Q2

Martin Whitman‘s Third Avenue Management seeks out the best risk/reward opportunities it can find across various markets, industries, and sectors......(read more)
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Boyd Watterson Resolutes on Top Stock Picks for This Quarter

Boyd Watterson Asset Management showed stability in its investment beliefs during the first quarter as the same companies occupied top spots in its equity......(read more)
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Harris Associates Believes These 5 Tech Stocks Are Undervalued

Harris Associates, a subsidiary of Natixis Global Asset Management, is always on the lookout for significantly under-priced companies with strong business......(read more)
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Greenhaven Associates’ Top Value Picks for Q2 and Beyond

Value investor Edgar Wachenheim purchased Greenhaven Associates from the Gottesman family in 1998. Based on the fund’s latest 13F filing with......(read more)
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WCG Management’s Top Picks After Portfolio Reshuffling

Founded in 2007 by Barry Wittlin, WCG Management‘s investing philosophy revolves around robust research and a constant re-evaluation of themes.......(read more)
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Beech Hill’s Favorite Tech Stocks This Quarter

Beech Hill Partners, a firm headed by Paul Cantor, Joseph Weiss and Will Wurm, is betting big on the technology sector; as of the end of March the sector......(read more)
David Harding

Winton Capital Reduces Size of Several Top Holdings Entering Q2

Billionaire David Harding is a physicist by education, hence, it is no surprise that he trusts sophisticated computer models even when it comes to stock......(read more)
TUDOR INVESTMENT CORP

Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones’ Top Picks Show Modest Returns but Lots of Potential

Paul Tudor Jones‘ Tudor Investment Corp, which manages about $13 billion has recently been hit by redemption requests amounting to over $1 billion......(read more)
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Billionaire Leon Cooperman’s Top Picks Still Looking Down the Rabbit Hole

Veteran investor Leon Cooperman‘s Omega Advisors has had two straight losing years with a 10% loss in 2015. From the looks of it, the first three......(read more)
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Hedge Funds Wisely Fled These Tanking Stocks

The importance of hedge fund sentiment is not only reflected by the long positions that these firms take in high flying companies, but also how quickly......(read more)
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Real Estate-Focused AEW Capital Management’s Biggest Q1 Moves

Jeffrey Furber‘s AEW Capital Management focuses on real estate and its latest 13F filing disclosed an equity portfolio worth $4.87 billion, 92%......(read more)
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Clifford Fox Adds Microsoft, Kellogg, Adobe, More to His Portfolio

Columbus Circle Investors (CCI), which is owned by Principal Global Investors and managed by Clifford G. Fox has a four-step process that it uses to identify......(read more)
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5 Stocks Added to Rail-Splitter Capital’s Portfolio in Q1

John Croghan and Richard Fradin‘s Illinois-based Rail-Splitter Capital Management was founded as Splitter Capital Management in 2002. The fund......(read more)
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5 Energy Stocks Lucas Capital Likes for Q2

Russell Lucas‘ Red Bank, New Jersey-based Lucas Capital Management is focused on investments in the energy sector. Deducing from the fund’......(read more)
GREENLIGHT CAPITAL

Billionaire David Einhorn’s Investor Letter: 2 New Picks and Other Holdings

Greenlight Capital‘s David Einhorn is set to participate in the Sohn Investment Conference tomorrow and he will be holding his head high as his......(read more)
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Top 5 Finance Stock Picks of Cantillon Capital

Columbia University graduate William Von Mueffling had quite an investment record at Lazard Asset Management, delivering over 30% average annual returns......(read more)
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Keywise Capital Bullish on China, Tech

Fang Zheng‘s Hong Kong-based long/short fund Keywise Capital employs a fundamental, bottom-up approach to investing with the aim of delivering......(read more)
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Tipp Hill Cashes Out of Gold Stocks, Puts It Into Healthcare

Syracuse University graduate Richard L. Haydon named his fund after the Tipperary Hill area, his childhood neighborhood. Before establishing Tipp Hill......(read more)
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5 Stocks that Billionaire Ken Fisher Added to His Portfolio in Q1

Ken Fisher‘s investment experience spans about 44 years, and if that is not impressive enough, the money manager founded Fisher Asset Management......(read more)
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As Ackman’s Herbalife Saga Hits the Big Screen We Look at 4 Other Heavily-Shorted Stocks

‘Betting on Zero’, a documentary directed by Ted Braun, brings to life Bill Ackman‘s $1 billion short against Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:......(read more)
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Pamplona Capital Is Heavily Betting On These 4 Companies for Q2

Moscow-born Alexander Knaster set up his British private equity firm Pamplona Capital in 2005. At the end of the first quarter, the two main sectors represented......(read more)
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s 13F Picks Show Strong Results

Michael Larson might be relatively unknown, perhaps owing to the fund manager’s efforts to stay out of the public eye, but he certainly has one......(read more)
GREENLIGHT CAPITAL

Billionaire David Einhorn’s 13F Portfolio in Green Despite Sinking Sunedison

David Einhorn‘s Greenlight Capital had a disastrous 2015 as the fund posted losses to the tune of 20%. This marked the second losing year in the......(read more)