Can Future Acquisitions Or The Sale Of WMware Save EMC Corporation (EMC), One Of Ahmet Okumus’ New, Underperforming Picks?

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New York City-based Okumus Fund Management led by its founder, former Istanbul stock exchange trader Ahmet Okumus, is a hedge fund that focuses on mid and large-cap equities. According to the 13 filing that Okumus made for the March 31 reporting period, it was revealed that the fund holds a public equity portfolio valued at $456.87 million, and with it being majority invested in technology companies, which represented 86% of the fund’s value. The 13F filing also revealed that Okumus had taken new stakes in six stocks, the top three of which we’ll look at in this article. They are EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), Ascent Capital Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASCMA), and Darling Ingredients Inc (NYSE:DAR).

EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC)

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In EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), Okumus took a stake of 3.80 million shares with a value of $96.92 million in the company, which now represents a very bullish 21.21% of his total public equity portfolio. The Massachusetts-based EMC Corporation has experienced a rough going on the stock exchange so far this year, diving by 8.57% year-to-date. At the end of May, EMC announced that it had bought the privately-held cloud and infrastructure provider Virtustream, and analysts are now expecting more acquisitions to come, believing that EMC’s main business is about to over-mature. In the meanwhile, analysts are saying that EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) should sell its 80% stake in publicly traded WMware (NYSE:VMW) in order to unlock some value for its shareholders if it cannot provide a credible plan on how to increase its earnings. Nevertheless, a spin-off of WMware could have long-term implications. Another hedge fund manger that is apparently bullish about EMC is Paul Singer of Elliott Management, who left his stake of 33.50 million shares in EMC untouched during the first quarter.

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