These Superstars Are Buying Activision Blizzard

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The best investing advice I ever received was from Tom Gardner. I couldn't tell you when or where he said it, or what I was doing when I heard it, but I remember the words distinctly.

"Study the masters," he said.

It's an oft-repeated theme here at The Motley Fool. We think that great investors can be great teachers when they expose you to what they're buying, and why. That's why we follow Buffett so closely. It's also why we created Motley Fool CAPS, a 125,000-strong community of stock pickers where ideas flow freely.

My experience is that the best learning happens when you combine good tools. Here, in this column, we'll compare data from Morningstar and CAPS to track which top investors are buying the best stocks in CAPS -- the ones that are proven to outperform -- and why.

Today's guinea pig? Gaming guru Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI  ) . Each of these three high-rated funds have been buying shares, reports Morningstar:


Morningstar Rating

Shares Bought

Other Recent Buys

Waddell & Reed Advantage




JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM  )

American Century Heritage




Monsanto (NYSE: MON  )

Fidelity Contrafund




Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC  )


And here's a look at superstar CAPS investors who think that Activision Blizzard will outperform:


Player Rating

Other Recent Buys



Echelon (Nasdaq: ELON  )



Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY  )



Strayer Education (Nasdaq: STRA  )

Source: CAPS, up-to-date as of Dec. 30.

They've good reason. The expansion version of World of Warcraft became the fastest-selling PC game of all time just weeks after its November release. All-Star ikkyu2 saw it coming. Almost. "How'd I miss this? Blizzard's WoW is the biggest cash cow in video game history. It's fundamentally redefined gaming for a new century," our Fool wrote in August.

It's a theme SavvyCaveman would echo on Christmas Eve: "Blizzard releases best selling games every time. Any company that would empower that kind of brilliance is an outperform."

Most CAPS members agree. Of the 3,114 investors who've rated this Stock Advisor selection, 3,035 -- or 97.5% -- say it will beat the market. What do you think about Activision Blizzard, or any of the more than 5,000 stocks we're tracking in Motley Fool CAPS? Let us know by logging in now; it's 100% free to participate.

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Activision Blizzard and Strayer Education are Stock Advisor selections. JPMorgan Chase is an Income Investor pick. Try either of these Foolish services free for 30 days. There's no obligation to subscribe.

Fool contributor Tim Beyers didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this article at the time of publication. He also writes for Motley Fool Rule Breakers. Check out his portfolio holdings and Foolish writings, or connect with him on Twitter as @milehighfool. The Motley Fool is also on Twitter as @TheMotleyFool. Its disclosure policy, like a thick steak, is juicy and delicious.

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  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2009, at 4:07 PM, pantera100 wrote:

    im glad to hear it i was kind of down because i bought in at 13.25 and have been down since guess ill hang on for a while, thanks mark

  • Report this Comment On January 07, 2009, at 12:56 PM, DoYourResearch wrote:

    I got in 11.25, the very morning in November the dow took a (what was it a 400 point hit?). No worries though on this end. No matter what type of crap people talk about recession and whatever else, the fact remains, until all companies are shut down, there will always be investment opportunities. That doesn't mean you become a millionare overnight. Out of all the Vid game Co's, this play , IMHO, is unbeatable. A billion dollar share buyback program(notice the volume increase as earnings date nears??)

    Money in the bank. Everyone I know got a friggin guitar hero game for Christmas, and I personally stood in a 3 hour line at midnight to buy the latest expansion Wrath of the Lich King. Money in the bank, so no credit worries or downgrades or expensive interest costs. Great games in the pipeline, Diablo 3 anyone. Take a look in the early 2000's and see what diablo 2 did. Nothing but great times for this company along with the fact that I still have my original Atari system with the game "Pitfall" made in the early 80's...guess by who...yep...Activision, so a 20 + year co in great financial shape, with monthly subscriber revenue streams. I'm in and will continue to dolllar/cost avg in.

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