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Billionaire Andreas Halvorsen’s Four Big Winning Bets

In, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Viking initiated a stake of 2.28 million shares during the second quarter, according to its 13F filing for that period, and the long position in the e-commerce giant contributed 0.5% to its return. Amazon’s stock surged by over 17% between July and August as the company posted solid financial results and growth in its Amazon Web Services segment. With a new holiday season ahead,, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) will be an even more attractive bet, although most of this anticipation has probably been priced into the stock already. Fisher Asset Management held 2.50 million shares of, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) at the end of September.

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First Data Corp (NYSE:FDC) contributed 0.2% to Viking Long Fund’s returns in the third quarter, although the company was still private at the time. The company went public around two weeks ago, and its stock lost over 2% in the first five days of trading, sparking talks regarding the current IPO environment. The stock is up by only 0.5% since the IPO, but large investors have high hopes for the company. Omega, during the aforementioned conference call, said that First Data Corp (NYSE:FDC) represented its second-largest holding, amassing 3.8% of its assets as of October 16, while billionaire Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group reported a stake containing 9.56 million shares of First Data Corp (NYSE:FDC) right after the IPO.

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AstraZeneca plc (ADR) (NYSE:AZN)‘s stock inched up by 1.2% during the third quarter and Viking said the long stake in the company contributed 0.1% to the returns of Viking Long Fund. In its latest 13F filing, Viking Global did not disclose holding shares of AstraZeneca plc (ADR) (NYSE:AZN) and the overall sentiment for the stock among the funds we track was not very positive, as only 20 reported holding shares of the company, which accounted for around 0.60% of its outstanding stock, though this isn’t uncommon for ADR’s, which tend to be more lightly owned by the firms we track. Among the investors who do have a stake is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, which held the largest position, containing 3.93 million shares at the end of June.

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