By Sam Forgione, Katya Wachtel and Svea Herbst-Bayliss
NEW YORK/BOSTON 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, as did Eric Mindich's Eton Park Capital
Ellington owned 71,500 shares at the end of the third
quarter while Eton Park opened an 1.94 million stake.
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 - are 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 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.
VIKING GLOBAL INVESTORS
Andreas Halvorsen's Viking opened a huge new stake in Bank
of America Corp of 44.9 million shares. Viking also
added 29.9 million shares to its stake in Micron Technology Inc
, bringing its exposure to 37.3 million shares.
Viking took a new position in Facebook Inc of 4.4
million class A shares and new stake in Yahoo Inc of 9
million shares. Another new stake held by Viking is that in
Lowe's Cos Inc of 17.4 million shares.
Viking sold its entire stake in Apple Inc of
112,200 shares and dumped its entire stake in Boeing Co
of 8 million shares.
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors opened a stake in Realogy
Holdings Corp of about 1.6 million shares and bought
1.2 million shares of Lennar Corp.
Omega increased its Citigroup Inc stake to 3.8 million
shares from 2.6 million shares and upped its holdings in
PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust to 2.1 million from
about 208,000 shares. Cooperman slightly raised his Motorola
Solutions Inc stake to 3.6 million shares.
Omega sold out of its smallish 31,000-share position in
Apple and its 4,850-share stake in Google Inc, while
shedding Wells Fargo & Co and Las Vegas Sands Corp
from its portfolio.
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 and J.C. Penney positions. Tiger opened a large stake
in Pandora Media Inc of 2.9 million shares.
Duquesne Family Office
Duquesne, founded by Stanley Druckenmiller, closed a
position in Procter & Gamble Co, selling 566,300 shares.
The firm also took a new position in Herbalife, buying 79,000
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 to about
1.8 million shares from 11.275 million shares. It also reduced
its Visa Inc 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
Apple and Google in the third quarter. The firm sold 41,365
shares of Apple and 9,232 class A shares of 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
Inc by 1.8 million shares to 2.2 million shares.
Coatue also opened a new stake in Facebook of 9.2 million
class A shares.
ETON PARK CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
Eton doubled its stake in Moody's Corp stake to 2
million from 1 million while selling out of its 4.25 million
share stake in News Corp.