Daniel Loeb's Third Point added 1 million shares of Dollar General,
raising his stake by 33 percent, while Blue Ridge Capital, founded
by Tiger Cub John Griffin, nearly doubled its stake in Walgreen when
it bought 2.8 million shares. That translated into 4.57 percent of
the fund's portfolio.
Other fans of Walgreen included Andreas Halvorsen's Viking Global
Investors, which still held more than 20 million shares as of June
30, albeit down from roughly 24 million shares the previous quarter.
Aaron Cowen's Suvretta Capital Management had a 312,000 share stake.
Walgreen, which purchased a controlling stake in Britain's Alliance
Boots, earlier this month decided not to relocate its corporate
headquarters to Europe to save on taxes, a strategy known as
inversion. It faced complications in pulling off the transaction, as
well as heavy political pressure in the United States not to move.
On Aug. 5, the day before the company said it would not
reincorporate in Europe, Walgreen shares traded as high as $72.76.
On Thursday, the shares ended regular trading at $62.25.
Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, Family Dollar Stores'
largest shareholder with a 9.4 percent stake, wanted the company to
sell itself to rival Dollar General in the face of stiff competition
from big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. But in July,
Family Dollar agreed to sell itself to Dollar Tree Inc.
Meanwhile, David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital reduced its Apple Inc
<AAPL.O> stake to about 9.3 million shares, down from about 13.78
million shares, after adjusting for a seven-for-one stock split in
Apple long has been one of Einhorn's largest holdings and in a
recent conference call, Einhorn said Apple was still "cheap on an
Blue Ridge Capital sold its entire stake, getting rid of 2.2 million
But Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors took a new stake in Apple of 1.3
million shares, while Soros Fund Management held 1.8 million shares
at the end of the second quarter, up from 88,670 shares the previous
The quarterly disclosures of manager stock holdings, in what are
known as 13F filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission, are always intriguing to investors trying to divine a
pattern in what savvy traders are selling and buying.
But relying on the filings to develop an investment strategy comes
with some peril because the disclosures are backward looking and
come out 45 days after the end of each quarter.
Still, the filings offer a glimpse into what hedge fund managers saw
as opportunities to make money on the long side.
The filings do not disclose short positions, bets that a stock will
fall in price. As a result, the public filings do not always present
a complete picture of a manager's stock holdings.
The following are some of the hot stocks and sectors in which hedge
fund managers either took new positions or exited existing positions
in the second quarter.
John Paulson's Paulson & Co took a new 2 million share stake in Ally
Financial, and Soros Fund Management opened a new position of 1.5
Covidien is being bought by rival Medtronic Inc in another inversion
deal, in which Medtronic wants to move its headquarters to Ireland
to take advantage of lower corporate tax rates.
Farallon opened a new position, buying 2.2 million shares.
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DOLLAR GENERAL CORP
While Loeb's Third Point increased its stake in Dollar General,
Farallon closed out its position, selling 3.2 million shares, and
Omega Advisors sold its entire stake of 1.7 million shares. Tiger
Consumer also liquidated its 814,723-share position, which had made
up 2 percent of its portfolio.
DOW CHEMICAL CO
Third Point, already a big investor in Dow, increased its bet
dramatically by buying 14.7 million shares, to raise his holdings by
204 percent. The company now ranks as Loeb's biggest U.S. stock
holding, at nearly 14 percent of the portfolio.
Barry Rosenstein's Jana Partners cut its stake in eBay by 2.9
million shares to 1 million shares.
Putnam Investments raised its holding in Facebook by 30
percent and bought 1.2 million shares. David Tepper's Appaloosa
Management held 3.59 million shares as of the end of June 30, up
from 478,500 shares as of March 31.
GENERAL MOTORS CO
Tepper's Appaloosa Management increased its stake in GM by 64.7
percent to 13 million shares as of the end of June 30. Putnam
Investments increased its stake in GM by 13 percent when it
bought 849,076 shares.
SIRIUS XM HOLDINGS INC
Jana Partners and Eric Mindich's Eton Park Capital Management sold
their entire stakes in Sirius of 72.3 million shares and 11.2
million shares, respectively.
Omega Advisors cut its stake by 4 million shares to 82 million
SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC.
Cooperman's Omega Advisors took a new stake of 1.1 million shares in
SeaWorld, but two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on
Thursday that Omega sold all of its SeaWorld shares "three weeks
Jana Partners, meanwhile, took a new stake of 75,000 shares, while
Mindich's Eton Park Capital Management took a new stake of 1.5
Stanley Druckenmiller's Duquesne Family Office held its stake in
Walgreen's steady at 1.2 million shares, ranking it as the
portfolio's third-largest position.
Jana Partners cut its stake by 1 million shares to 11.1 million
shares. Third Point added a new position, buying 700,000 shares.
Patrick McCormack's Tiger Consumer Management added a new position
in Zynga, buying 18,062,145 shares.
(Compiled By Jennifer Ablan; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
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