See What This $12 Billion Hedge Fund Company Has Bought

It can pay off to keep an eye on the big guys.

May 21, 2014 at 5:45PM

The latest 13F season is here, when many money managers issue required reports on their holdings. It can be worthwhile to pay attention, as you might get an investment idea or two by seeing what some major investors have been buying and selling.

For example, consider Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge fund companies. According to its recently released 13F statement, the company has increased its positions in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), Staples, (NASDAQ:SPLS), and Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC).

Intel dismayed some investors when it got the boot from Samsung tablets, lost some 64-bit ground to competitors, and was late getting into Android devices. But Intel isn't standing still. It's reorganizing in a way to boost its mobile development, and it has promising new products rolling out. The company's first-quarter results were auspicious, too, with earnings down but still topping expectations, and management pointing to 5 million tablet processors shipped. Cloud hardware sales have also been strong, and the company's cash flow remains prodigious, topping $10 billion annually. Bulls have high hopes for Intel's Broxton chip that serves both tablets and phones, as well as its enterprise server platform. Intel stock offers a hefty 3.5% dividend yield for patient believers.

Staples stock plunged by more than 12% today, following a first-quarter report that featured revenue down 3% over year-ago levels, and earnings down 43%. The company, struggling with intense competition online, is planning to save hundreds of millions of dollars by closing up to 10% of its North American stores. Cutting costs is often good, but store closings limit growth potential -- though success in the online sphere can more than make up for it. An interesting initiative is a plan to have in-store U.S. Post Office locations, though that has generated some controversy. Staples recently sported a dividend yield of 3.6%.

Symantec Corporation, a technology company specializing in security and backup software (think Norton security software, for example), sports an appealing dividend yield of 2.7%. Its stock price is also appealing, with a forward P/E near 11. Things haven't been going too smoothly for the company, though, as it abruptly dismissed its CEO in March. Its fourth quarter, though, reported in May, featured earnings rising 4% over year-ago levels, and topping expectations, albeit with revenue down 6% due to sluggish demand. Earnings were supported by effective cost-cutting, and management expects a return to revenue growth in 2015. Bears charge that Symantec's growth rate is too sluggish, that it has been slow to capitalize on mobile technology, that its strength is in a weakening PC market, and that it faces growing competition. Bulls like its strong cash flow and low price.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

Click here to learn about this incredible technology before Buffett stops being scared and starts buying!

David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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