Every quarter, many money managers have to disclose what they've bought and sold, via 13F filings. Their latest moves can shine a bright light on smart stock picks.
Today let's look at Fisher Asset Management, founded in 1979 by Ken Fisher. You may know Fisher by his longtime column in Forbes magazine, where he's also No. 263 in the magazine's list of the 400 richest Americans, with a net worth of $1.7 billion. You may know his father, as well: Phil Fisher wrote the seminal investing text, Common Stocks, Uncommon Profits.
The reportable stock portfolio of Fisher's company totaled a whopping $37.5 billion in value as of March 31, 2012. The company manages money for more than 100 large institutions, and its strategy involves macroeconomic research and fundamental analysis.
So what does Fisher Asset Management's latest quarterly 13F filing tell us? Here are a few interesting details:
New holdings include Diamond Foods
Among holdings in which Fisher Asset Management increased its stake were Cliffs Natural Resources
TriQuint, meanwhile has been cut roughly in half over the past year, but in its favor it's supplying components for iPads, which bodes well for success. (Although it is risky for a company to depend too much on any other company for a big chunk of its revenue.) TriQuint does have other customers, but they include beleaguered mobile phone makers Nokia
Fisher Asset Management reduced its stake in a lot of companies, including Exelon
Nokia, meanwhile, has been posting some ugly results over the past few years, unsuccessfully fighting the iPhone and other competitors. To survive, its latest plan is to focus on low-end smartphones, while cutting tens of thousands of jobs. Will it work? Stay tuned...
Finally, Fisher Asset Management unloaded several companies, such as Patriot Coal and Endeavor Silver. Patriot shares have imploded, plunging 94% over the past year, as coal use has fallen, due partly to the low price of natural gas. Endeavor has gained 20% and remains promising to those who expect high silver prices.
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, and 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, owns shares of Procter & Gamble, 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 TriQuint Semiconductor. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Exelon and Procter & Gamble, as well as writing a covered straddle position in Exelon. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.