Tairen Capital’s Completely Revamped Top Stock Picks

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Tairen Capital is a Shanghai-based equity long/short hedge fund co-founded by Larry Chen and Terry Zhang in 2007. Earlier this year, the Tairen China Fund of Tairen Capital won the awards for being the best Greater China hedge fund and the best Asian long/short equity fund at this year’s Eurekahedge Asian Hedge Fund Awards organized by data provider Eurekahedge.

Tairen Capital has been among the best performing and most highly-regarded hedge funds on the Asian continent in recent years, so it would definitely be in the best interest of investors to take a look at the fund’s equity holdings and monitor its quarterly moves, of which there were many, as the fund had a turnover rate of 77.14% during the quarter. Roughly 62% of the hedge fund’s equity portfolio consisted of technology-related investments on June 30 and its U.S. equity portfolio was worth $467.27 million at that time, up from $380.85 million at the end of March. Without further ado, let’s check out the hedge fund’s largest equity holdings as of the end of the June quarter.

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#5. NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA)

 – Shares Owned by Tairen Capital (as of June 30): 235,200

 – Value of Tairen Capital’s Holding (as of June 30): $11.06 Million

Tairen Capital acquired a new stake of 235,200 shares of NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) during the second quarter of 2016, which was valued at $11.06 million on June 30. NVIDIA makes accelerator chips for processing video and images, vital elements of the virtual reality ecosystem. Thus, the world leader in visual computing operates as a supplier of microchips to help power a device that may be the biggest thing since the launch of the iPhone. Analysts believe that VR systems will meaningfully change business processes in many industries in the foreseeable future, so NVIDIA will surely benefit from this imminent technological transformation. For instance, imagine an interior designer who offers clients the opportunity to take a virtual tour of a remodeled kitchen as it will look, before the actual work has even started. NVIDIA has seen its market capitalization gain an impressive 70% this year. Fang Zheng’s Keywise Capital Management owns 1.15 million shares of NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) as of June 30.

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#4. Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd (NYSE:QIHU)

 – Shares Owned by Tairen Capital (as of June 30): 234,039

 – Value of Tairen Capital’s Holding (as of June 30): $17.10 Million

The Shanghai-based hedge fund trimmed its position in Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd (NYSE:QIHU) by 78% during the three-month period ending June 30, to 234,039 shares. The reduced position was worth $17.10 million at the end of June and constituted 3.7% of the value of the hedge fund’s U.S. equity portfolio. Qihoo, the owner of China’s second-biggest search engine, is on track to become a private company by the end of this summer, as a $9.3 billion buyout led by a consortium of investors steered by the company’s Chairman Zhou Hongyi is expected to close before mid-August. Qihoo is set to be the biggest buyout of a U.S.-listed Chinese company, as Chinese authorities do not want to encourage buyouts of overseas-traded companies, as they could lead to significant depreciation pressures on the yuan. The shares of the security software specialist are 5% in the green year-to-date. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management owned 245,190 shares of Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd (NYSE:QIHU) at the end of March.

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Let’s head to the next page of this article where we’ll reveal Tairen Capital’s largest equity holdings as of the end of the June quarter.

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