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 investing giant Donald Yacktman, who founded Yacktman Asset Management in 1992. He isn't as well-known as investors such as Buffett, Soros, Berkowitz, and the like, but his track record is right up there with them. Yacktman is a value investor, aiming to achieve the highest possible risk-adjusted long-term return on his investments. According to the folks at GuruFocus.com, Yacktman gained about 175% cumulatively over the past decade, compared with just 32% for the S&P 500.
The Yacktman portfolio totaled about $12 billion in value as of Dec. 31, with 64 holdings. The portfolio's top three holdings, representing about a third of its asset value, are News Corp., PepsiCo, and Procter & Gamble.
So what does the latest Yacktman quarterly 13-F filing tell us? Here are a few interesting details:
A new holding is Bank of America
One company that Yacktman has increased its stake in is Corning
Another holding that has experienced a boost in shares held is Sysco
Meanwhile, Yacktman pared down its minimal Altria
Shares of Walgreen
Finally, Yacktman sold out of business information specialist Dun & Bradstreet entirely, perhaps due to the company's tough competition online and its modest revenue and earnings growth.
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. 13-F forms can be great places to find intriguing candidates for our portfolios.
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Longtime Fool contributor Selena Maranjian, whom you can follow on Twitter @SelenaMaranjian, owns shares of PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, and Corning, but she holds no other position in any company mentioned. Click here to see her holdings and a short bio. The Motley Fool owns shares of Altria, PepsiCo, Philip Morris International, Corning, and Bank of America. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Philip Morris International, Corning, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, and Sysco, as well as creating a diagonal call position in PepsiCo. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not 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.