Google Inc (GOOG) Is Tiger Cub John Griffin’s Top Stock Pick

The first rule of being a Tiger Cub is that you have to own Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN): at about 550,000 shares, Blue Ridge joined fellow Robertson disciples Lone Pine Capital, Coatue Management, and Tiger Global as the four largest equity holders of the travel website in our database of 13F filings. Earnings were up 26% in its most recent quarter compared to the same period in the previous year, primarily driven by higher sales. The stock rose following the report and is now valued at 16 times consensus earnings for 2013. This is based on expectations of high growth, so we wouldn’t take it at face value, but Priceline certainly could be a growth stock.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO), the $27 billion market cap medical instruments company, was another of Griffin’s favorite stocks in the fourth quarter. His fund owned just over 5 million shares. Net income has been up here as well, but that growth has been primarily due to improvements in margins which may be less sustainable. With a trailing P/E of 23, but high earnings growth expectations, we are not particularly excited about the stock but it might be good to watch how next quarter turns out. Glenview Capital, managed by Larry Robbins, is another major holder of the stock.

The fund increased its holdings of Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD), a $65 billion market cap biotechnology company, to a total of 4 million shares. Adage Capital Management, managed by Phil Gross and Robert Atchinson, was also buying and had about 3 million shares in its own portfolio (check out Adage’s stock picks). Gilead is another stock whose valuation has already priced in substantial growth, with trailing and forward earnings multiples of 26 and 16 respectively. Revenue and earnings did grow at double-digit rates in the fourth quarter versus a year earlier.

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