Billionaires Rob Citrone and Jim Simons are in harmony as far as the future prospects of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN), and Horizon Pharma PLC (NASDAQ:HZNP) are concerned. The above companies were added to the portfolios of both Discovery Capital Management and Renaissance Technologies during the first quarter.
Rob Citrone worked as a portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments and Tiger Management before he established Discovery Capital in 1999. The fund’s annualized returns since its inception hover around 17%.
Simons’ Renaissance Technologies uses high frequency trading to exploit market inefficiencies. The fund charges particularly high fees of 36% for its exceptional returns owing to large transaction costs that go hand-in-hand with its trading strategy.
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While Simons acquired some 1.15 million shares of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) valued at $428.98 million during the first quarter, Citrone initiated his own long position of 240,800 shares in addition to a call position on 500,000 shares of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) worth about $89.60 million and $186.05 million respectively. The $200.98 billion e-commerce giant is up by a staggering 39.1% year-to-date. Amazon has been under scrutiny for avoiding taxes in European countries by funneling its sales through low-tax Luxembourg. The company has given in to the pressure and has started booking revenue in individual European countries starting on May 1. Other prominent stockholders of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) are Ken Fisher‘s Fisher Asset Management and Boykin Curry’s Eagle Capital Management with 2.47 million and 2.23 million shares respectively.