Tudor Investment Corporation, the brainchild of Paul Tudor Jones, is a Greenwich, Connecticut-based hedge fund that uses a mix of fundamental and quantitative analysis accompanied by a combination of the bottom-up and top-down stock picking approaches in managing its portfolio. Paul Tudor Jones has gained a reputation of one of the most successful traders in history and is also well-known as a reputable macro trader who attempts to make successful bets on macroeconomic changes in different economies. One of Jones’ most successful bets was the short strategy during the Black Monday of 1987, which allowed him to triple his money during the event. Despite the fact that Jones’ performance has diminished throughout the recent years as he started to invest more conservatively, he still remains one of the most successful traders ever. The latest 13F filing of Tudor Investment Corporation reveals that the value of the equity portfolio managed by Paul Tudor Jones is estimated at $3.13 billion, while his largest holdings are represented by Automatic Data Processing Inc. (NASDAQ:ADP), NCR Corporation (NYSE:NCR), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) and Visa Inc. (NYSE:V).
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Tudor Investment Corporation reported the acquisition of a 502,292-share stake in Automatic Data Processing Inc. (NASDAQ:ADP), which is valued at $43.02 million as of the end of the first quarter. The stock is up more than 3% since the beginning of the year as the company has been successful in delivering improvements to its cloud-based human capital management (HCM) platforms. Automatic Data Processing Inc. (NASDAQ:ADP) has a clear and defined goal of simplifying human resources by assisting organizations in managing their most essential asset – the people. The company has designed 30 apps that are currently functional and the number keeps growing, which signals that the company’s future performance looks relatively bright. In the meantime, Andy Brown’s Cedar Rock Capital remains bullish on Automatic Data Processing Inc. (NASDAQ:ADP), owning 4.48 million shares as of March 31.
Tudor Investment Corporation increased its stake in NCR Corporation (NYSE:NCR) by nearly 1.38 million shares to 1.43 million shares worth $42.28 million at the end of the quarter. Of late, NCR Corporation has cooperated with Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) to design and create the first weatherized ATM for exterior walk-up environments. A global leader in consumer transaction technologies, NCR Corporation will indubitably benefit from this cooperation as Well Fargo, the American banking company, has already installed more 50 ATM units in California. NCR Corporation’s shares inched up by 2.80% year-to-date, although over the last 52 weeks it declined by more than 8%. Activist investor Richard “Mick” McGuire’s Marcato Capital Management holds around 10.85 million shares of NCR as of the end of March and last year he was nominated to the company’s board of directors.