Billionaire Alan Howard Is Betting Big On Latin American Stocks For Q4

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Brevan Howard is a Saint Helier, Jersey-based macro-focused global alternative asset management firm founded by billionaire Alan Howard and Jean-Philippe Blochet in 2002. Apart from its headquarters in Saint Helier, the firm also has offices in London, Hong Kong, Geneva, New York, Washington and Tel Aviv. Mr. Blochet left the firm in 2009 and currently serves as a senior portfolio manager at Moore Capital Management. Mr. Howard, who currently heads Brevan Howard, started his career at Salomon Brothers and later went on to become the head of proprietary trading at Credit Suisse First Boston. In 2013, Forbes Magazine listed Mr. Howard as one of the 40 Highest-Earning hedge fund managers. With around $40 billion in assets under management as of October 2013, the fund is widely considered one of the best-performing and largest hedge funds based out of Europe. Brevan Howard recently submitted its 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the reporting quarter ending September 30 revealing a U.S equity portfolio worth almost $200 million. The filing also revealed that the fund had a very high quarter-over-quarter turnover of 110.53% in its equity portfolio during the July-to-September period. In this article we are going to discuss and analyze Brevan Howard’s top five U.S-listed stock picks going into the fourth quarter.

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#5 Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CRESY)

 – Shares Owned by Brevan Howard (as of September 30): 1.08 Million

 – Value of Holding (as of September 30): $10.52 Million

Brevan Howard made full use of the nearly 25% decline that shares of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CRESY) suffered during the third quarter by increasing its stake in the company by 28% during the period. Although shares of Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CRESY) recovered significantly from their third quarter slump in October, they recently declined again after the company reported its fiscal 2016 first quarter results and currently trade up by 8% year-to-date. The per share loss for the quarter came in at ARS 0.58 ($0.06) on revenue of ARS 1.62 billion ($167.43 million), compared to a per share loss of ARS 0.25 ($0.03) on revenue of $1.52 billion ($157.10 million) that the company had reported for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. With ownership of over 2.5 million shares, Richard Mashaal‘s Rima Senvest Management was the largest shareholder of the company at the end of September among the funds covered by Insider Monkey.

#4 Grupo Financiero Galicia S.A. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GGAL)

 – Shares Owned by Brevan Howard (as of September 30): $1.1 Million

 – Value of Holding (as of September 30): $19.735 Million

Grupo Financiero Galicia S.A. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GGAL) has been one of the best performing Latin American financial stocks this year, with its shares trading up by almost 55% year-to-date. Since a large part of those gains came after the third quarter, it can be said in hindsight that Brevan Howard’s decision to increas its stake in the company by 61% during the July-to-September period was a wise one. For the third quarter, the company reported EPS of ARS 0.91 ($0.09) on revenue of ARS 6.33 billion ($654.22 million), compared to the EPS of ARS 0.72 ($0.07) on revenue of ARS 4.9 billion ($506.43 million) that it reported for the same quarter of last year. On July 20 analysts at Piper Jaffray upgraded Grupo Financiero Galicia S.A. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GGAL)’s stock to ‘Outperform’ from ‘Market Perform’, and have a price target of $30 on it. Edmond M. Safra‘s EMS Capital was another hedge fund that increased its stake in the company during the third quarter; it added an additional 66% to its holding of Grupo Financiero Galicia S.A. and held 806,338 shares as of September 30.

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