Julian Robertson was one of the prime forces that helped nurture the hedge fund industry in the United States. In addition to his efforts in building the industry, he ensured that the industry would have many talented hedge fund managers for years to come, which are now known as ‘Tiger Cubs’. Stephen Mandel is one of these tiger cubs, and his hedge fund, Lone Pine Capital, has filed its 13F for the June 30 reporting period. According to Forbes’ Real Time Net Worth list, Mandel has a net worth of $2.3 billion as of the reporting period and ranks 284 on the list of billionaires in the United States. His investment firm has more than $30 billion in assets under management and its 13F filing disclosed a public equity portfolio containing holdings valued at $26.73 billion. Consumer discretionary and information technology are among the sectors attracting the majority of Mandel’s investments. Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) are the equity investments in Lone Pine Capital’s portfolio which the manager added massively to during the second quarter, and we’ll take a look at these stocks in this article.
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Stephen Mandel has enhanced his position in Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) by 96% in comparison with the previous reporting period, lifting it to 5.68 million shares valued at $1.24 billion. The company excels in providing genetic analysis solutions to its clientele and its shares have grown by 11.69% year-to-date. The genomic sequencing firm reported strong second quarter 2015 earnings of non-GAAP earnings of $0.80 per diluted share against Wall Streets’ estimate of $0.78. However, its revenue fell short of the analysts’ estimate of $541.8 million with reported quarterly revenue of $539.4 million, leading to a decline of 10% in its share price the next day. Despite negative investor sentiment, there were some positive takeaways from the report, including 21% year-over-year growth in its revenue along with a 40% increase in its year-over-year EPS. Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global Investors is among the primary shareholders of the company with a reported stake of $1.09 billion in the company at the end of the second quarter, holding 4.97 million shares.