Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn

Last Update: 11-23-2015

Number of Stocks: 24
Number of New Stocks: 2

Total Value: $27,876 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 9%

Countries: USA
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Carl Icahn Watch

  • David Einhorn's Top 5 Positions

    Greenlight Capital, run by guru David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio), does not require much of an introduction.

    Over the history of Greenlight Capital the firm has compounded its assets under management at something near a 20% per year rate. Einhorn manages this while running a concentrated long/short portfolio. His long portfolio is about $6 billion large. His short portfolio is only about one-third smaller so he is net about 33% long.


  • Carl Icahn Turns Up Pressure on AIG, May Propose New Leadership

    New York, New York, November 23, 2015 – Today Carl C. Icahn released the following statement regarding American International Group, Inc. (NYSE: AIG):

    On October 28, 2015, as one of AIG’s largest shareholders (we currently own over 42 million shares), we wrote a public letter to the CEO of AIG (NYSE:AIG) suggesting that the company is “Too Big To Succeed” and should accelerate cost cutting and separate into three public companies to shrink below the threshold for systemically important financial institutions. Since we released that letter, many large institutional shareholders and analysts have contacted us and expressed their support for our views. We have also met and had a number of conversations with AIG CEO Peter Hancock, and he has invited us to continue having conversations. However, despite that invitation, in all of our discussions with Mr. Hancock it was abundantly clear to us that he is not willing to take the bold steps that we, and so many other shareholders, believe are long overdue. In addition, in those conversations he failed to lay out any alternative strategic plan with the potential to unlock value for shareholders or to provide compelling reasons as to why these businesses belong together.


  • What Are the Hedge Fund Masters of the Universe Buying?

    Investing is one of those rare disciplines in which it really doesn’t pay to be original. This ismoney, not literature, and they don’t award Pulitzer Prizes for original work.

    You don’t want to mindlessly follow the herd, of course. That rarely ends well. Before you copy the trading moves of another investor, you need to do a little homework of your own, and you should always maintain an independent, skeptical mind when putting your capital at risk. But you don’t get bonus points for coming up with an original trade. Returns are returns, regardless of whose idea the trade was, so there is really no sense in reinventing the wheel.


  • Why ValueAct Capital Is Buying Towers Watson

    ValueAct is led by guru Jeff Ubben (Trades, Portfolio) and acquires large stakes in companies to gain board seats and influence management. The firm tends to take a constructive and cooperative approach instead of the more confrontational style exemplified by Carl Icahn. Just like other activists it does try to find companies that have performed poorly with fixable problems.

    It can be interesting to buy into the companies they target when they are just getting on board because you may be able to profit from their campaign for change. Its latest target is Towers Watson & Co. (NASDAQ:TW). It is a professional services company that helps organizations with risk and financial management, offers solutions to manage employee benefits, talent management, rewards, risk and capital management and health care exchanges for retirees and active employees. Clients include 92% of Fortune 500 companies and 84% of the Fortune 1000. Towers Watson also advises insurance companies.


  • David Rolfe Buys Stake in Newly Trading Kraft Heinz, PayPal

    During the third quarter, David Rolfe (Trades, Portfolio) of Wedgewood Partners initiated two new holdings in companies with recent IPOs and sold an oil and gas-related stock, according to data reported by GuruFocus Real Time Picks.

    The fund declined 7.38% during the quarter, compared to the Standard & Poor's 500 and Russell 1000 Growth Index, which declined 6.44% and 5.29%. In the third quarter commentary, Rolfe and the fund reiterated its commitment to three energy holdings that have been held for the past 15 years: Core Labs (NYSE:CLB), National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB).


  • Chris Davis' Stocks Trading Below the Peter Lynch Value

    Chris Davis (Trades, Portfolio) is the portfolio manager of Davis Financial Fund, an independent, employee-owned investment management firm founded in 1969. Davis Advisors manages more than $60 billion across several different asset classes.

    Here are the stocks in his portfolio that are trading below the Peter Lynch value.


  • Coke in the Crosshairs: Bill Ackman’s Next Target?

    Bill Ackman is known for having something of a nasty temper – and not responding well to criticism. His brawl with fellow hedgie Carl Icahn on live TV two years ago over Herbalife (HLF) might be the most high-profile fight among financiers in history.

    Well, now Ackman is trading barbs with another long-term legend of the industry, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) partner Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio), over their respective positions in Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) and Coca-Cola (KO).


  • Why Icahn and Others Still Own Apple

    Numerous top tier investors continue to hold Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares including Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio), David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio), Bill Nygren (Trades, Portfolio), and David Tepper (Trades, Portfolio). With the shares trading at what I believe is a low valuation, I thought I would review some of the risks and reasons to own Apple.



  • Insiders Buy Cheniere Energy, Sell Travelport, Sabre

    The All-In-One Screener can be used to find insider buys and sales over the last week by clicking on the Insiders tab and changing the settings for All Insider Buying/All Insider Selling to “$1,000,000+” and duration to "November 2015."

    According to the above filters, the following are the recent buys from company insiders in the past week.


  • Using Your Instincts When Making Investments in Life

    I have had the luxury to travel across the world and live in countries such as the United States, Canada and the Philippines. Along the way I have come to many crossroads where I have had to make critical decisions about my life.

    I have played poker for more than 10 years and most recently I have learned that many billionaires such as Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio), Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio), and legendary oil tycoon H.L Hunt all started out playing poker. Poker is a great way to develop your instincts in life, and that connects with investments.


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