Daniel Benton‘s Andor Capital Management is a tech-focused fund that has recently disclosed its equity portfolio via a 13F filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. According to our analysis that includes a fund’s 13F holdings in companies with market cap above $1.0 billion, Andor’s 15 long equity positions returned 3.4% in 2015, which is a pretty good result, taking into account the market turmoil witnessed last year and the losses registered by many other investors. According to the fund’s 13F filing, the value of its equity portfolio increased 10.3% during the fourth quarter to nearly $702 million. However, the portfolio was fairly concentrated with long positions in only 17 stocks. In this post, we are going to analyze the fund’s top five stock picks going into 2016, which alone in aggregate amassed over 65% of the value of the fund’s equity portfolio.
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#5 Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)
– Shares Owned by Andor Capital Management (as of December 31): 60,000
– Value of Holding (as of December 31): $40.55 million
Andor Capital Management boosted its stake in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) by 140% during the fourth quarter, amid a 30% rise registered by the stock during the same period. Though this year the stock has lost over 20% so far, analysts feel that this is a temporary phase and the stock will rebound. The main reasons for their optimism are the strong growth in its Web Services business, the rising level of its profitability and its dominant market position. On February 18, analysts at Canaccord Genuity upgraded the stock to ‘Buy’ from ‘Hold’ and also raised their price target by 25% to $750. Billionaire Stephen Mandel‘s Lone Pine Capital also increased its stake in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) by 14% to 2.2 million shares during the last three months of 2015.
#4 Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX)
– Shares Owned by Andor Capital Management (as of December 31): 400,000
– Value of Holding (as of December 31): $45.75 million
Amid a 10.7% rise in Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX)’s stock during the fourth quarter, Andor Capital Management increased its stake in the company by 24%. Netflix’s stock has also lost over 20% of its market capitalization so far this year. However, unlike Amazon.com, some analysts are skeptical whether Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX)’s stock can recoup its losses in the short to medium term. Their major concerns are the company’s high free cash flow burn rate, the rise in its debt, slow US subscriber growth and the challenges it will face after expanding to new markets. On February 12, analysts at FBR & Co. downgraded the stock to ‘Market Perform’ from ‘Outperform’ and lowered their price target to $100 from $125. Donald Chiboucis‘ Columbus Circle Investors reduced its stake in the company by one-third to 681,166 shares during the October-December period.
#3 Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)
– Shares Owned by Andor Capital Management (as of December 31): 525,000
– Value of Holding (as of December 31): $55 million
Andor Capital Management inched up its stake in Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) by 5% during the fourth quarter. After ending 2015 with gains of over 35%, shares of the social media giant are currently trading flat year-to-date. For the last quarter, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) yet again managed to beat analysts’ expectation by reporting EPS of $0.79 on revenue of $5.84 billion, compared to the EPS of $0.68 and $5.36 billion in revenue that analysts had projected. The company is currently in the process of launching its new generation ‘like’ button, called Reactions, across all of its platforms. Analysts believe that this move will help the social media giant to increase user engagement. John Armitage‘s Egerton Capital Limited also raised its stake in the company by 23% to almost 5.20 million shares during the last qua
#2 Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)
– Class A Shares Owned by Andor Capital Management (as of December 31): 100,000
– Value of Holding (as of December 31): $77.80 million
Reorganizing into Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), along with solid financial results, helped the company’s stock climb 44% during the second half of 2015. Though the stock has inched down by 7% this year amid a slump of the broader market, most investors are confident that it will move higher, given the successes that the company’s new initiatives and products have seen in the last few months. On February 10, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a letter stating that considers Google’s self-driving system as a ‘driver’. According to recent reports, the company is developing a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset and is also planning to grow its clout in e-commerce by including fresh groceries in its same-day delivery service. Jonathon Jacobson‘s Highfields Capital Management reported holding 362,956 shares of Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) during the fourth quarter.
#1 Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)
– Shares Owned by Andor Capital Management (as of December 31): 1 million
– Value of Holding (as of December 31): $240 million
Going into 2016, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) remained Andor Capital Management’s top stock pick for the third quarter in a row. However, with Tesla’s shares declining by over 30% so far this year, it will be interesting to see if the company will maintain its position at the end of this quarter. Though most analysts are still bullish on the stock, a lot of investors are wary of buying it at the current price, citing the excessive valuation and the weak financial results Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) reported for the last quarter. For the fourth quarter, Tesla Motors reported a loss of $0.87 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion, compared to analysts’ estimates of EPS of $0.11 on revenue of $1.81 billion. Christopher A. Winham‘s Tode Point Capital initiated a stake in Tesla Motors during the fourth quarter by acquiring 115,000 shares of the company.