Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones has been one of the most successful traders over the last few decades, amassing a net worth in excess of $3.3 billion. His investment firm, Tudor Investment, manages some $12 billion and was adding a number of stocks to its portfolio during the fourth quarter across a variety of industries, including a big increase in a popular tech company. Let’s check out Tudor’s top moves (check out Tudor’s new picks).
One of Tudor’s biggest moves last quarter was a 4,000% increase in its Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) position, now making the stock its second largest holding with 6.5% of its portfolio. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) continues to trade around 10 times earnings, which is below where other giant tech companies trade, such as International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) and Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL). Compared to the broader tech industry, Apple only trades at a 4% premium to its peer group, but has historically traded at a 35% premium.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is down over $250 from its 2012 peak, but its products have been gaining strength. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) holds top positions in both the mobile hardware (iPhone) and mobile operating system (iOS) markets, with around 38% of the market share for each, and could be worth taking a look at for investors looking for a mega-cap value play.
Other new positions by Tudor includes Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) and Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG) , now occupying the 8th and 15th positions in Tudor’s portfolio, respectively. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) is addressing the internet craze by making a shift toward e-commerce, and generating an online presence. This includes the acquisition of ATG Stores, which is one of the leading online retailers of home improvement.
The retailer’s other initiative includes its My Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) online tool for helping customers better manage their homes and remodeling projects (see if it’s finally time to buy home improvement retailers). Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) also trades below major peer The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) on a price to sales basis, with Lowe’s trading at 0.98 times sales and The Home Depot at 1.53.
Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG), another of Tudor’s new additions, managed to finally renew its contract with Express Scripts towards the end of 2012, after a span of several months where Express Script customers could not use Walgreen due to a previously failed agreement renewal. Amidst this, Walgreen has been active on the acquisition side, acquiring a 45% stake in Alliance Boots GmbH for $6.7 billion. Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG) expects the Alliance Boots partnership to be accretive to its adjusted EPS by $0.18 to $0.22 in 2013.
Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG) also has an impressive cash position, ending last quarter with nearly $1.8 billion in cash, up 67% year over year. The company also declared a 22% hike in its regular quarterly dividend last quarter, which is well in line with its long-term dividend payout ratio of 30-35%.
This recent hike also reflects an annualized growth rate of 20.5% over the last ten years for its dividend payment (see why Walgreen could go up 200%). Its 2.3% dividend yield should also provide support for investors, as the pharma company looks to recover from the Express Scripts mishap.