Can Kopernik Global Investors’ Top Energy Stock Picks Help It Bag Profits?

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David Iben’s Kopernik Global Investors has a public equity portfolio valued at $399.18 million as per its recent 13F filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Iben is a former employee of Jeffery Vinik’s Vinik Asset Management and the investment manager has employed several other employees of Vinik Asset Management at his own fund. The fund manager has a concentrated portfolio, with his primary investments being in the basic materials and energy sectors, while his top ten stock holdings account for 84.14% of his public portfolio. Iben has his largest bets on Cameco Corporation (USA) (NYSE:CCJ), Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX), and Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU), while his top three energy investments are in Cameco Corporation (USA) (NYSE:CCJ), Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU),  and Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (NYSE:TNP). It’s these stocks we’ll look at in this article.


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Cameco Corporation (USA) (NYSE:CCJ) comes in at number one in the list of the top energy sector investments of David Iben. The investment manager has 4.91 million shares of the Canadian power firm, which have a market value of $68.39 million, which includes additional purchases of 1.79 million shares in the quarter ending on March 31. The primary work area of the power corporation involves the mining, refining, fabrication, and sale of Uranium for nuclear power reactors. It has been a rough year for all energy companies including Cameco Corporation (USA) (NYSE:CCJ), whose shares have dropped by 8.05% year-to-date. However, market experts are expecting all the companies dealing Uranium to profit from the upcoming increase in its demand, especially in emerging markets like China and India. Cameco Corporation (USA) (NYSE:CCJ) reported a 35% increase in its quarterly revenue year-over-year to $566 million and a 19% increase in gross profit to $129 million. The Uranium manufacturer has attracted investments from the likes of George Soros’ Soros Fund Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

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