Billionaire Leon Cooperman Is Aggressively Buying This Ultra-High Dividend Stock

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According to a recently submitted filing with the SEC, Leon Cooperman‘s Omega Advisors has added nearly 1.27 million shares to one of its favorite dividend picks, PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:PMT). Accounting for this purchase, the fund now owns around 3.87 million shares, or 5.17% of all outstanding shares of the company. At the current market price of PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:PMT)’s shares, Omega Advisors stake is worth over $58.5 million.

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Leon Cooperman is one of the most recognized hedge fund managers on Wall Street. He established Omega Advisors, a New York-based long/short equity hedge fund, in 1991. Prior to starting Omega, he had already made a name for himself as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the asset management arm of Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS), where he served for 25 years. As of August 4, Omega Advisors has an estimated $11.2 billion in assets under management (AUM). Mr. Cooperman holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and has been recognized as one of the highest paid hedge fund managers on the Street several times, most recently in 2013 and 2014 by Forbes. As of June 30, Omega Advisors’ U.S public equity portfolio was worth above $6.27 billion, with the fund’s top ten picks accounting for almost one-third of that value.

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At the end of June, a total of 23 hedge funds among those we cover had a stake in PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust, with the aggregate value of their holdings in the stock amounting to almost $194 million. Even after cutting his stake in half during the April-June period, Emanuel J. Friedman‘s EJF Capital was the second-largest shareholder of PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust among the funds in our database with over 2.13 million shares, trailing only Omega Advisors. EJF Capital was followed by Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, which held slightly above 1.95 million shares.

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