Every quarter, fund managers have to disclose what they've bought and sold. Their latest moves can shine a bright light on smart stock picks.
Today let's look at highly regarded value investor David Einhorn and Greenlight Capital, which he founded. Einhorn's investing success, as well as his advocacy of financial transparency and accountability, has attracted many fans. Although he isn't afraid to short stocks, he prefers going long, and he looks for situations where he feels a stock is mispriced.
Greenlight's stock portfolio totaled $5.2 billion in value as of Dec. 31, 2011, with about 41 holdings. The top three holdings, making up more than a quarter of the overall portfolio's value, are Apple, Microsoft, and General Motors.
So what does Greenlight Capital's latest quarterly 13F filing tell us? Here are a few interesting details.
Several companies were new to the portfolio, such as OmniVision
Research In Motion has fewer advocates these days, as its BlackBerry smartphones are losing market share to iPhones and Android devices. There's a ray of hope, though, as its new CEO stresses the more secure closed BlackBerry system. There's also speculation that the company may shift to focusing more on its software than on lots of hardware.
Greenlight upped its stake in Marvell Technology
Among the stocks that Greenlight cut back on was defense company Huntington Ingalls Industries
Finally, Greenlight sold out of several holdings, including touchscreen specialist Synaptics
We should never blindly copy any investor's moves, no matter how talented the investor. But it can be useful to keep an eye on what smart folks are doing. 13F forms can be great places to find intriguing candidates for our portfolios.
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