Every quarter, many money managers have to disclose what they've bought and sold, in "13-F" filings. Their latest moves can shine a bright light on smart stock picks.
Today let's look at Viking Global Investors, founded in 1999 by Andreas Halvorsen and David Ott, who had previously worked together at Julian Robertson's respected Tiger Management firm. Viking is known as a long-short global equity fund, meaning that it aims to maintain long positions in companies on which it's bullish, and short positions in those where it's bearish.
The company's reportable stock portfolio totaled $12.4 billion in value as of June 30.
So what does Viking's latest quarterly 13-F filing tell us? Following are a few interesting details.
New holdings include Skyworks Solutions
Among holdings in which Viking Global increased its stake was Apple
Viking Global reduced its stake in a bunch of companies, including US Bancorp
Finally, Viking Global unloaded several companies, including Penn West Petroleum
Chinese search-engine giant Baidu has some folks worried, as Chinese growth is seen as slowing. But others remain optimistic, since Baidu's slowed growth is still rapid growth, and it still enjoys fat profit margins. The potential from China and elsewhere in Asia remains compelling, as my colleague Brian Stoffel has noted: "The Asian continent alone has 56% of the world population, but only 26% of those people were using the Internet by the end of 2011."
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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