McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) comes at number four in terms of the top stock picks of Southeastern Asset Management in its 13F portfolio. The current position of the investment manager includes 10.85 million shares of fast food restaurants operator and franchiser, with a market value of $1.06 billion. To protect its market share, McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) simplified its drive-through services and added some new sandwiches to its existing menu. McDonald’s is also planning to enrich its beverage menu this summer. First Eagle Investment Management is another major shareholder of the company with its investment of 5.92 million shares of McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) valued at $576.42 million at the end of first quarter of 2015. Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management invested in the company via its call options of 2.46 million shares valued at $239.24 million at the end of first quarter. OZ Management has reduced its call options by 51.16% during the first quarter.
The final top pick of Southeastern Asset Management in this article is Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK). The fund disclosed owning 64.20 million shares, down from 73.87 million shares held previously. At the time of reporting, the value of the stake was $909.08 million. Besides Southeastern Asset Management, another prominent stockholder of the company is Carl Icahn’s Icahn Capital, which held 2.27 million shares of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) according to its latest filing. Carl Icahn initiated his last activist position in the company at the beginning of 2012 and become successful by not only taking the control over the board but also eliminating founder and CEO Aubrey McClendon. Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) currently has legal battle with Ex-CEO Aubrey McClendon who is blamed to transfer company’s confidential data and maps of oil and gas prospects to American Energy Partners.