Billionaire Bruce Kovner founded Caxton Associates in 1983 and up until his retirement in 2011, he managed to deliver average returns of 21% per year. Since then, Andrew Law has taken over the reins of the firm. In August, when the financial market rout had many hedge funds sinking into the red for the year, Caxton was up by about 8.6% in 2015 towards the end of that tumultuous month. This success should make the fund’s top equity picks as it headed into the fourth quarter of special interest to retail investors, which is why we’ll study them in this article.
#5 Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN)
Shares held (as of September 30): 1.17 million
Total Value (as of September 30): $56.31 million
Caxton boosted its stake in the $10.62 billion Miami-based homebuilder by 881,000 shares in the third trimester. So far this year Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN)’s stock has jumped by nearly 16%. The company is planning to begin sales in Tree Tops, an 800-home, age-restricted community built on Indian land, at the beginning of next year. Among over 700 hedge funds that we track, Ken Heebner‘s Capital Growth Management is the largest stockholder of Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN), owning 6.78 million shares.
#4 D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI)
Shares held (as of September 30): 1.99 million
Total Value (as of September 30): $58.55 million
A total of 1.29 million shares of D.R. Horton were acquired by Caxton during the July-to-September quarter. Things have looked up for this homebuilder as its stock has gained nearly 30% so far this year. In its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015, ending in September, D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) delivered EPS of $0.64, which was $0.02 ahead of estimates as well as quarterly revenue of $3.09 billion, which was $50 million higher than expectations. Capital Growth Management is also at the top of our list of D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI)’s stockholders, as it holds more than 9.07 million shares.
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