Fang Zheng‘s tech-focused hedge fund, Keywise Capital Management, recently submitted its 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the reporting period of June 30. Though the Hong Kong-based hedge fund is known for running a fairly concentrated portfolio, its latest 13F filing shows that during the second quarter it increased the size of its U.S equity portfolio in terms of number of long positions by 33% to 12. The filing also revealed that the value of the fund’s U.S equity portfolio increased by 58.74% to almost $180 million as of the end of the second quarter. In this post, we will take a look at the fund’s top five tech picks heading into the third quarter of 2016, which were also its top equity picks overall.
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#5 Vipshop Holdings Ltd – ADR (NYSE:VIPS)
– Shares Owned by Keywise Capital Management (as of March 31): 1.16 million
– Value of Holding (as of March 31): $12.96 million
Keywise Capital Management reduced its stake in Vipshop Holdings Ltd – ADR (NYSE:VIPS) by 30% during the second quarter, which, along with a 13.28% drop in the stock during that period contributed to Vipshop Holdings Ltd – ADR (NYSE:VIPS) falling to the fifth-largest holding in the fund’s U.S equity portfolio as of June 30, from the second-largest on March 31. Though shares of the Chinese online discount retailer have appreciated by over 20% this month, they are still trading down by 9.35% in 2016. For its first quarter, the company reported EPS of $0.16 on revenue of $1.89 billion about largely in-line with analysts’ estimates of EPS of $0.15 on revenue of $1.91 billion. Vipshop shares were held by 42 of the hedge funds in our database on March 31, up by eight quarter-over-quarter.
#4 Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA)
– Shares Owned by Keywise Capital Management (as of March 31): 183,300
– Value of Holding (as of March 31): $14.58 million
Apart from Vipshop, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) was the only stock among Keywise Capital’s top five equity holdings in which it reduced its stake during the second quarter, by 6%. Shares of the Chinese e-commerce behemoth ended the first two quarters of the year nearly flat. However, they have started rallying this month and are currently trading up by 2.83% year-to-date. Earlier this month, the company unveiled its first internet-connected car for the Chinese market, which is part of its growing Internet-of-Things (IoT) strategy. The car is based on the RX5 SUV from SAIC Motor and its mass-market model has been priced at nearly $22,000, with deliveries expected to begin in August. The company has also revealed that it is going to open its first online virtual reality (VR) demonstration shop by the end of this month. Hedge funds that increased their stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd during the second quarter included billionaire Ken Fisher‘s Fisher Asset Management, which upped its holding by 5% to 3.22 million shares.
Check out Mr. Zheng’s top three tech picks on the next page.