| BOSTON/NEW YORK
BOSTON/NEW YORK Nov 14 Top U.S. hedge fund
managers in the third quarter bought and sold shares of such
hotly debated companies as Herbalife Ltd, J.C. Penney Co
Ellington Management Group LLC, a $5.5 billion investment
firm founded by Michael Vranos, took a new position in auction
house Sotheby's and owned 71,500 shares at the end of the
Daniel Loeb's Third Point, the largest shareholder in New
York City-based Sotheby's with a 9.3 percent stake, has been
pushing for a management shake-up.
Farallon Capital Management, a San Francisco based-hedge
fund, and activist investor Jana Partners LLC opened new
positions in ailing retailer J.C. Penney with 500,000 shares and
489,600 shares, respectively.
Patrick McCormack's Tiger Consumer Management, meanwhile,
sold out of its entire J.C. Penney exposure, dumping roughly 5.4
The quarterly disclosures of manager stock holdings - in
so-called 13F filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission - is always intriguing for 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 can offer a glimpse into what hedge fund
managers saw as opportunities to make money on the long side.
The filings don't disclose short positions - bets that a stock
will fall in price. And there's also little disclosure on bonds
and other securities that do not trade on exchanges.
Upon request, the SEC also permits managers to omit
sensitive stock positions from 13F filings. As a result, the
public filings don't always present a complete picture of a
manager's stock holdings.
Here then are some of the hot stocks and sectors in which
hedge fund managers either took new positions or exited from in
the third quarter.
Tiger Consumer Management
Tiger reduced its Herbalife stake to 768,252 shares from 2.1
million shares in the previous quarter and sold out of its
Facebook Inc and J.C. Penney positions. Tiger opened a
large stake in Pandora Media of 2.9 million shares.
Duquesne Family Office
Duquesne, founded by Stanley Druckenmiller, closed a
position in Procter & Gamble, selling 566,300 shares. The
firm also took a new position in Herbalife, buying 79,000 shares
Farallon Capital Management
Farallon also opened a position in Microsoft Corp
of about 3.8 million shares and bought about 26.8 million shares
of Dell Inc, which has since been taken private by
founder Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners.
Farallon dramatically reduced its stake in Yahoo Inc
stake to about 1.8 million shares from 11.275 millon
shares. It also reduced its Visa stake to 355,000 shares
from 560,000 shares.
TIGER GLOBAL MANAGEMENT
Chase Coleman and Feroz Dewan's Tiger Global Management
opened a Yahoo stake of 8 million shares and increased its
Netflix Inc. stake to 440,000 shares from 315,000.
Tiger Global also increased its Motorola Solutions
stake to 3,750,000 shares from 3 million.
TIGER VEDA MANAGEMENT
Manish Chopra's Tiger Veda Management sold its stakes in
technology giants Apple Inc and Google Inc in
the third quarter. The firm sold its stake of 41,365 shares of
Apple and its 9,232-share stake in Google.
Philippe Laffont's Coatue Management cut its stake in Apple
by 1.1 million shares to 442,222 shares and its stake in Groupon
by 1.8 million shares to 2.2 million shares.
Coatue also opened a new stake in Facebook of 9.2 million