Six to seven weeks after the end of each quarter, hedge funds and other major investors file 13Fs with the SEC to disclose many of their long equity positions as of the end of that quarter. We compile many of these filings into our database, which allows us to analyze them as a group and develop investment strategies; for example, we have found that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds earn an average excess return of 18 percentage points per year (learn more about our small cap strategy).
We can also use our database to compare the holdings of different fund managers and see what they have in common. Before Stephen Mandel of Lone Pine Capital became a billionaire himself, he worked for legendary investor Julian Robertson at Tiger Management making him one of the “Tiger Cubs.” Here are five stocks which both Lone Pine and Robertson reported owning at the end of December (or see the full list of stock picks from Mandel and from Julian Robertson):
Both Robertson and Mandel had Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) among their top ten picks, with Lone Pine actually having it as its largest holding. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) had also been one of the most popular stocks among hedge funds in the fourth quarter of 2012 (find more stocks hedge funds loved). The company is expected to grow its earnings both through its advertising business and from better integrating Motorola Mobility Holdings. Analyst expectations imply a forward P/E of 16, and though we wouldn’t take that quite at face value Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) may still be a good “growth at a reasonable price” stock.
Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) was another of Mandel’s favorite stocks, and Robertson owned about 30,000 shares at the end of the fourth quarter. Priceline is popular among Tiger Cubs; John Griffin’s Blue Ridge Capital was another major holder of the stock (check out more stocks Blue Ridge owns). At 26 times trailing earnings Priceline is a growth play, but recent financial performance has been very strong: last quarter the company experienced 20% revenue growth versus a year earlier, and net income was up 28%. It’s another company whose growth prospects might make it fairly valued.
Read on for three more stocks these billionaires like, including one Warren Buffett has been buying: