David Einhorn

David Einhorn

Last Update: 08-15-2016

Number of Stocks: 46
Number of New Stocks: 11

Total Value: $5,451 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 16%

Countries: USA
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David Einhorn Watch

  • David Einhorn Speaks on Passive Investing, Mylan, His Cheapest Stock, the Fed

    Greenlight Capital hedge fund manager David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) joined nine other famed investors on Tuesday to talk about stocks at the annual Great Investors’ Best Ideas Investment Symposium in Dallas.

    Presenters at the annual conference that raises money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation of Parkinson’s Research and the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation typically pitch one or several of their favorite stocks, which together have had a solid record. A portfolio of the recommendations from last year gained more than 40%, according to Caroline Cooley, a speaker from Crestline Investors.


  • 20 Questions With Mark Spiegel of Stanphyl Capital Management

    How and why did you get started investing? What is your background?

    I always had a casual interest in the stock market, going back to high school in the late 70s when I opened an account at a local broker and bought a stock about which I knew little except that the New York Times stock tables said it had a really low PE ratio-- I think it was 4, or something like that. It was an Amex-listed company called Outdoor Sports International (the ticker was OSI) and I think it wound up getting bought out, thereby maybe doubling the $200 or so I put into it. (I had no real idea what I was doing-- it was just semi-dumb luck!) Then in my senior year of high school I worked part time in the local Paine Webber office doing clerical work for one of the brokers-- basically, just helping him keep track of his customers' trades. In college though I mostly lost touch with stocks and when I graduated I wound up spending 17 years as a commercial and industrial real estate broker in the "outer boroughs" (Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx) of New York City. I didn't realize it at the time, but working with a lot of different kinds of businesses actually turned into terrific "real world experience" for when I later became an investment banker and then a full-time investor. In the late 90s-- while I was still in the real estate business-- stocks were going crazy and my interest in them was rekindled. I wound up making a nice chunk of money buying low-PE microcap "value tech" stocks before they really took off like their big-cap brethren, while simultaneously losing some money shorting several of the bubble stocks because I didn't have the experience and fortitude to stick with them before they collapsed. However, on a net basis I'd made good money on the long side (and kept it-- I sold what at the time seemed to be "too early" but in fact was only "months" too early) and decided in January 2000 to sell my half of my real estate company to my partner to try to invest full-time. (Talk about top-ticking the market, and not in a good way!) I then spent a couple of years teaching myself a lot more about finance, studying scores of accounting and financial analysis textbooks, books about Wall Street history, etc. I then paid the most useful (and expensive!) stock market tuition possible: I fell in love with a microcap tech story-stock, rolled almost all of my previous profits into it and went to work for the company in a sales & marketing position. Well, being "inside" a story-stock and comparing that experience with its simultaneous press releases and earnings conference calls was one of the most valuable experiences an investor can have! After spending a year there I sold the stock at a huge loss, left the company (the product failed and most of the sales staff was laid off anyway), and decided that with a combination of my real-world business knowledge (from my commercial real estate days), book knowledge (from all the financial textbooks and history books I'd read) and story-stock knowledge (the experience I just related), I was ready to actually get a real job on Wall Street. However, this was 2003 and NO ONE was hiring, especially a 42 year-old guy with no previous jobs on the Street. Fortunately, one young guy running the New York office of a tiny investment bank saw my resume and was intrigued by the commercial real estate experience. He figured "This guy helped CEOs find their offices and warehouses and we help CEOs find their money, so if he can relate to CEOs one way he can relate to them other ways too." So he hired me on an "eat what I kill" basis (i.e., I'd get a percentage of the banking fees I brought in) and sponsored me for my Series 7 & 63 licenses, and I was off and running, cold-calling companies. I got a few deals done and simultaneously started investing again, mostly in microcaps but this time-- thanks to my own experience-- with a much better "smell detector," lol. My portfolio grew nicely and then in 2006 I went to a larger investment bank and had enough success there that I was recruited to a still larger bank in late 2007. All this time I was investing my own portfolio (even within the somewhat restricted confines of the various i-banks personal trading policies) and in 2009 I left my last i-bank to invest full-time, but this time with the goal of using my accumulated experience to open a hedge fund. I had really good returns in my personal account from 2005 through 2011 and had them audited to use as part of my fund marketing materials, and then in 2011 I opened Stanphyl.


  • Fantasy Sports Offer Opportunities for Investors

    In the U.S., it is football season all the way. The regular season is in full swing and armchair coaches are back after the fantasy draft, setting up their rosters each week for a taste of that number one spot. DraftKings and FanDuel are the most popular daily fantasy sports websites in the U.S. Last year, FanDuel and DraftKings recorded about $174 million and $106 million in revenues respectively, according to reports from Eilers & Krejick Gaming LLC. It’s figures like these that have attracted large investments by some of the bigger names in sports and entertainment.

    For instance, Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Comcast Corp. (CMST) and Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) hold a stake in FanDuel. Other companies like Fox Sports (NASDAQ:FOX), Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer LLC and even National Hockey League Inc. have thrown money into DraftKings. In fact just recently, Revolution Growth, the firm co-founded by Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, was part of DraftKings’ latest $150 million round of financing. At one point, even the parent company to ESPN, Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS), was looking to grab a seat at the table of fantasy league sports.


  • Amerco: A David Einhorn Bargain

    In August, Amerco (NASDAQ:UHAL) reported first quarter earnings per share of $7.51, missing estimates by $1.21, and revenue of $923.41 million, missing estimates by $17.91 million, despite being up 4.4% year-over-year. This is the catalyst that sent the stock down over 15%.

    However, for long term investors, the stock has been a boring market crusher. In the last decade, revenue rose 58%, net income grew 410%, EPS 537% and book value increased by 189%. All this contributed to a 344% rise in share price versus the S&P 500’s 65% gain.


  • Rite Aid Is a Solid Risk Arbitrage Trade

    Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) is the third-largest drug store retailer in the U.S. and is the target of an acquisition by Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA).

    A few months ago, CNBC reported that the FTC is likely to approve the Rite Aid sale to Walgreens Boots Alliance. On Sept. 12 Walgreens provided an update, per the requirements stated by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission; for the acquisition to be closed, both must divest between 500 and 1,000 of its stores. That’ll leave them around 12,000 total stores.


  • Two Key Checklist Items

    I am not a big fan of going through specific “checklist” items one by one when evaluating an investment idea. I know this idea has gained enormous popularity in recent years, partly due to the good book The Checklist Manifesto, and partly popularized in value investing circles by Mohnish Pabrai (Trades, Portfolio).

    I respect Mohnish a lot, and I think his idea of evaluating previous investment mistakes (both his own mistakes and especially the mistakes of other great investors) is an excellent exercise.  

  • David Einhorn Purchases Stake in Calpine

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio), founder of Greenlight Capital, purchased a 5,660,000-stake in Calpine Corp. (NYSE:CPN) in the second quarter. The trade had a 1.53% impact on Einhorn’s portfolio.

    Since Einhorn purchased his stake in Calpine, the company’s market price has tumbled by an estimated 16%.


  • Hedge Funds Love Liberty and John Malone

    The dust has now settled from the most recent round of hedge fund 13F filings. While these filings provide more information to the SEC than to the average investor, looking at the positions of the world’s most revered investors are buying and selling each quarter can provide some insight into their strategies helping the average investor generate some ideas themselves.

    That being said, the average investor should never blindly follow a hedge fund titan into a position. There are many reasons why not, but the most important is that it is impossible to tell exactly why the fund manager has entered the position in the first place.


  • Mohnish Pabrai Buys AerCap

    Mohnish Pabrai (Trades, Portfolio) acquired a new holding in AerCap Holdings NV (NYSE:AER) during the second quarter.

    In AerCap, Pabrai purchased 624,160 shares for an average price of $38.38 per share. The transaction had an impact of 7.1% on the portfolio. The stock has increased by 3% since.


  • David Einhorn Adds Calpine, Rite Aid, Amaya to Portfolio

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) of Greenlight Capital acquired three new holdings during the second quarter. They are Calpine Corp. (NYSE:CPN), Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE:RAD) and Amaya Inc. (NASDAQ:AYA).

    Einhorn is president and founder of Greenlight Capital, which was founded in 1996. He is an activist investor. Activist investors take positions in a company and pressure executives to implement change. He believes intrinsic value will achieve consistent absolute returns and safeguard capital, regardless of market conditions. Einhorn holds stock in 46 companies and is worth $5.4 million. His quarter-over-quarter turnover rate is 16%.


  • David Einhorn Adds Consol Energy and AerCap, Boots Michael Kors and Time Warner From Top 5

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) demoted Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS) and Time Warner (NYSE:TWC) from the top five positions in his portfolio during the second quarter, favoring AerCap Holdings (NYSE:AER) and Consol Energy (NYSE:CNX).

    According to a letter out today, three holdings remained constant in his hedge fund, Greenlight Capital’s portfolio – gold, General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) – which has spent more than a year at the top. No details about the positions will be reported until Einhorn discloses his second-quarter portfolio in the next few weeks.


  • David Einhorn Sells 7 Million Shares of Consol Energy

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) sold 7 million shares of his stake in Consol Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX) on June 1.



  • David Einhorn Buys Apple, Yahoo, Yelp

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) is president of Greenlight Capital, a value-oriented investment adviser. During the first quarter he bought shares in the following stocks:

    Einhorn increased his stake Apple Inc. (AAPL) by 30.68% with an impact of 3.56% on the portfolio.


  • Einhorn Sells Consol Energy as Price Nearly Doubles

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) last week made a large reduction to his stake in Consol Energy (NYSE:CNX) after it inched up this year from its 2015 crash that cut into his returns.

    Einhorn, the president of hedge fund Greenlight Capital, sold 7 million shares of Consol on June 1, docking his position by 23.8%. After the sells, he holds 22.4 million shares, or 9.8% of the company, worth $347.8 million.


  • David Einhorn Triples Stake in American Capital Agency

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) tripled his stake in American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) with the purchase of 3,250,000 shares in the first quarter.

    American Capital Agency is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests exclusively in residential mortgage pass-through securities and collateralized mortgage obligations on a leveraged basis. The firm primarily invests in U.S. government agency securities for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by a U.S. government agency such as the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA) or a U.S. government-sponsored enterprise such as the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FMCC).


  • Top 10 Investing Apps

    There are a lot of investing and other financial tools available to the individual investor in today's world. Apps shouldn't be ignored. Conveniently sitting at your fingertips ready to provide analysis, ideas, money management and other data, apps are part of today's technology that investors should cherish and utilize.

    In this list I've gathered my 10 favorite apps that I use for investing and other financial aspects of my life every day. As always, please share your thoughts and comments below!


  • David Einhorn Comments on Apple

    We continue to own Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), which has traded down to a single-digit PE of a bear case earnings. We believe there is tremendous value in Apple’s brand and growing global customer base that periodically buys new devices and increasingly buys additional services.

    From David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)'s first quarter 2016 conference call.  

  • David Einhorn Comments on Resona Bank

    Resona Bank (TYO:8308) shares fell 32% on the Bank of Japan’s implementation of the negative rates. Although negative rates present a headwind for all Japanese financials, Resona trades at just 60% of its book value, which we believe is too low for a bank earning a double-digit ROE without a credit or capital issue.

    From David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)'s first quarter 2016 conference call.  

  • David Einhorn Comments on Michael Kors Holdings

    Michael Kors Holdings (NYSE:KORS) beat earnings expectations for the third quarter in a row, and the shares rallied 42%. Our thesis that Michael Kors is not a fad but a fundamentally healthy brand is playing out. Earnings estimates are rising and the stock still trades at just 11x earnings when you back out the net cash position. The stock is cheap on an absolute basis and trades at a large discount to similar branded consumer goods companies.


  • David Einhorn Purchases 4 Stocks Near Multi-Year Lows

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio), founder of hedge fund Greenlight Capital, turned a corner this year, gaining 3.0% net of fees in the first three months after five consecutive quarters of losses. Celebration was temperate in his shareholder letter out this week as he told investors he would “like to make it a habit” but did not manage the portfolio for mere short-sighted quarterly gains.

    “We think one of our advantages is the ability to be more patient than others, especially as investment horizons appear to be getting shorter,” he said.


  • Einhorn Reviews Holdings and New Buys in Conference Call

    Hedge fund manager David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) held a conference call Tuesday to discuss the earnings of his reinsurance company and investment vehicle, Greenlight Re, with more upbeat news than in recent periods. Holdings in Greenlight’s portfolio climbed 2.5%, while the S&P 500 index rose just 1.5% in the first three months of the year. Last year, Einhorn suffered a 20% loss.

    Though Einhorn said he saw profits across his long, short and macro positions, the portfolio was not immune to some serious hits, like SunEdison (SUNE), whose stock crumbled after a surprise bankruptcy. Einhorn also updated on market sectors he finds bullish and bearish, and on his “bubble basket” of momentum tech stocks, in the transcription below.


  • Greenlight Capital Reports 'Strange' Quarter, Returns 3%

  • Einhorn Sells 75% of SunEdison Stake for Mere Pennies

    In an updated filing, David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)’s Greenlight Capital reported cutting its stake in SunEdison (SUNE) by 75% April 15, selling more than 15.8 million shares. Greenlight is left with a little over 5 million shares in the solar energy company.

    SunEdison has been entangled in a legal mess over its attempt to acquire Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR) for $2.2 billion. SunEdison, which regularly sells projects to TerraForm Power (NASDAQ:TERP), would pass its current portfolio of rooftop solar products to one of TerraForm’s subsidiaries under the agreement. The situation was pummeled when David Tepper (Trades, Portfolio)’s Appaloosa Management, which held a large stake in TerraForm, sued SunEdison for breach of fiduciary duty, writing a letter questioning the value of the portfolio and whether it benefited only SunEdison.


  • David Einhorn Slashes Stake in SunEdison

    On April 4, guru and founder of Greenlight Capital David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) slashed 15,819,739 shares from his stake in SunEdison Inc. (SUNE) at an average price of 37 cents per share. In the second quarter of 2014, Einhorn owned as many as 24,844,588 shares of SunEdison. He purchased 20,338,307 shares of the company during 2014 at an average price of $19.12 per share.



  • Why Dan Loeb Is Adding to His Green Brick Position

    Green Brick Partners (NASDAQ:GRBK) is a land development company with a bank of land in favorable parts of the Dallas and Atlanta areas. In addition it owns controlling interests (of exactly 50%) in four homebuilding companies.

    The company was set up and customized around 2008 by guru David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio), of Greenlight Capital and Jim Brickman, who was going to lead it. Brickman has 35 years of experience in the business. Einhorn owns ~50% of the equity and Brickman around 10% through various names. They called it Green Brick. Get it?


  • Daniel Loeb Adds to Stake in Green Brick Partners

    Daniel Loeb (TradesPortfolio) added 99,943 shares to his stake in Green Brick Partners Inc. (NASDAQ:GRBK) on April 8.

    Green Brick Partners (formerly known as BioFuel Energy Corp.) was incorporated as a Delaware corporation on April 11, 2006. The company began its original operations with the intention of solely investing in BioFuel Energy LLC, a limited liability company organized on Jan. 25, 2006. The company's goal was to build and operate ethanol production facilities in the Midwestern U.S.


  • The Art of Piggybacking

    Piggybacking has been a topic that has been discussed frequently these days. Fellow writer the Science of Hitting’s recent article is quite illuminating and definitely worth reading. Inspired by him, I wrote this article to share my observations and thoughts on this subject.

    When I first started investing, I piggybacked many gurus and very frequently. I remember the days when I saw David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) or Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio) initiating a position in a stock, and within a few hours I became an owner that the same stock. When I saw Exco (NYSE:XCO) was bought by Prem Watsa (Trades, Portfolio), Howard Marks (Trades, Portfolio) and Wilbur Ross (Trades, Portfolio), I put a good amount of money in it without even finishing up reading the 10-K.


  • Primecap Management Adds to Stake in Micron Technology

    PRIMECAP Management added 4,477,472 shares to its stake in Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) in the first quarter

    Micron Technology is a global leader in the semiconductor industry. The company was originally incorporated in October 1978 in Boise, Idaho. Since the company was founded over 35 years ago, it has produced more than 20,000 patents in more than 20 countries, and it employs over 30,000 people worldwide.


  • David Tepper Wants to Clean Up TerraForm Power

    David Tepper (TradesPortfolio) and Appaloosa Management have said through an amended lawsuit that several TerraForm Power (NASDAQ:TERP) directors and SunEdison (SUNE) have dismantled TerraForm’s corporate governance and conflicts committee and replaced it with a “sham committee” so SunEdison could take advantage of TerraForm and its stockholders.

    Appaloosa wants Peter Blackmore, Jack Jenkins-Stark and Christopher Compton to be removed from TerraForm's Conflicts Committee. Appaloosa also wants CEO Brian Wuebbels out. Wuebbels is also SunEdison's CFO, but SunEdison earlier announced he would be replaced as CFO in April.


  • Best Performing Guru Stocks

    The following are some of the stocks that outperformed the S&P 500 Index over the last 12 months and have been bought by gurus during the last quarter.

    Ctrip.com International Ltd. (CTRP) has a market cap of $13.57 billion, and during the last 12 months has outperformed the S&P 500 Index by 47.2%. Currently, five gurus are holding the company that declined 4% year-to-date but gained 112% during the last five years. It is now trading with a P/E ratio of 41.50 and according to the DCF calculator, it looks overpriced by 88%.


  • David Einhorn's Top 3 Positions Include Apple, General Motors and Time Warner

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)'s Greenlight Capital disclosed an equity portfolio valued at some $5.47 billion as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2015. The equity portfolio is mainly invested in Consumer Discretionary (33%), Technology (20%) and Industrials (18%) stocks.

    Among the 10 largest holdings from Greenlight Capital’s equity portfolio (which amass 59.07% of the total portfolio value) at the end of December, the top three are: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) and Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX).


  • Leading Stocks of Last Year Decline Year to Date

    Last year many investors holding value stocks were bruised by losses, while growth investors outperformed them for the year and on a five-year average annual basis, using the iShares S&P 500 Growth and Value ETFs as a rough measure. Though it is unsure what it will mean for investors sticking to value, at least in the first few months of this year some of the leading high-growth, high-valuation tech names they mainly shunned have fallen off their pedestal.

    Most notably, the highest returning stock of 2015, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), has declined 14.2% year to date. The stock gained 134% for the year as one of the few propping up the S&P 500’s returns. With its 350.7 P/E ratio and declining earnings estimates, David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) of Greenlight Capital disagreed with the market’s perception too early and shorted the stock last year, weighing on his returns.


  • David Einhorn Sells Apple, Micron Technology

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) is president of Greenlight Capital, a value-oriented investment advisor. He sold many stocks during the fourth quarter and the following are the sales with the highest impact on his portfolio.

    He reduced his stake in Apple Inc. (AAPL) by 44.02% with an impact of -9.04% on the portfolio.


  • Sun, Sun, Sun, Here David Einhorn Comes!

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) was born in Demarest, New Jersey. His family relocated to Milwaukee in 1976 after his mother convinced his father that she wanted to live in the place where she grew up and where her family still resided. Einhorn and his family moved to Fox Point, a village in Milwaukee that had a population of approximately 7,600 people, in 1976, the year Einhorn and his family relocated there.

    Einhorn spent a lot of his time in school working on the debate team, which affected his grades, although he gained critical thinking, organization and logic from his experiences on the debate team. All of these traits are quality characteristics of an intelligent investor. Upon graduation from high school, Einhorn went on to Cornell University where he majored in government, but he later became more interested in economics. Einhorn began to search for jobs that were on campus, and he found one working for Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ). It offered the lowest paying salary, but Einhorn accepted the position because he liked the people who were involved in the recruiting process.


  • David Einhorn Announces 3 Areas He Is Shorting

    After discussing long positioning that contributed to his 20% decline last year, David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) also disclosed some areas he is shorting on a Tuesday conference call for his reinsurer holding company, Greenlight Re (NASDAQ:GLRE).

    Greenlight Re tumbled to an investment loss of $281.9 million for 2015 compared with a gain of $122.6 million the prior year, in only its second down year in since inception. The fund faltered as its largest positions in Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) and Michael Kors Holdings (NYSE:KORS) and others all posted losses for the year.


  • This Local Business Review Stock Could Soar by 250%

    It’s always interesting to look at stocks that just experienced significant plunges in the stock prices. There might be a lot of opportunities for investors to buy stocks at dirt-cheap prices. Yelp (NYSE:YELP) is a typical example.

    The company went public at the beginning of March 2012 at $15 per share. In the first day of trading, Yelp saw its share price surge rapidly, up to $26 per share. Two years later, in March 2014, its share price went as high as nearly $100 per share. Since then, its stock price has been on the down trend, and it was trading at $19.12 per share Thursday. In the fourth quarter of 2015, a lot of famous investors including Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio), David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio), Paul Tudor Jones (Trades, Portfolio) and Lee Ainslie (Trades, Portfolio) got into the stock.


  • Outerwall: Examining Impact of Buybacks, Activists

    Outerwall (NASDAQ:OUTR) is a stock that has been struggling as the cash flows from Red Box are drying up much faster than investors have expected. Not only that, but Outerwall management has had the troubling habit of throwing good money after bad by “investing” in things like ecoATM – kiosks that allow you to turn in your old cell phones for cash, a concept that doesn’t seem to be gaining traction.

    This spending on business lines that were unlikely to succeed was all in an effort to extend the life of the company. Extending the life of a company is not always the best way to maximize value for shareholders. One thing I’ve observed is that dying businesses (or more euphemistically, businesses in “secular decline”) almost always turn out to be bad stock market investments. I think money can certainly be made from a cash cow like Red Box (even if the cash flow eventually will be zero), but not if the cash flow stream is attached to a public company. This is because of the inherent conflict of interest between a management team and the owners of the business. The owners of the business want to see the cash. The management team wants to continue getting a salary.


  • David Einhorn May Be Wrong About Yelp

    I have been bearish on Yelp (NYSE:YELP) for a long time now. The stock has lost roughly 40% of its value since I recommended shorting it just a few months ago. While I still think Yelp is not a good company, investors should book profits by covering their short positions.

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)’s Greenlight Capital recently disclosed that it has a 380,000-share stake in Yelp and following the disclosure, shares of Yelp have moved higher. While I don’t necessarily think that Einhorn is right about Yelp; there are a few reasons why the stock could rise in the future. Moreover, after a 40% drop, Yelp doesn’t have much room left to fall, and investors would be better off shorting other overvalued companies.


  • Why Did David Einhorn Buy Yelp?

    Greenlight Capital, the hedge fund run by David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) with over $10 billion in assets under management, purchased 380,000 shares in Yelp (NYSE:YELP), the beleaguered local search site and app. With the stock down almost 65% in the last year, why did Einhorn make the purchase?

    The new stake, which is worth about $6.46 million, represents 0.065% of Greenlight’s total capital, so it’s not the biggest or highest confidence stake in the company. Also, at 0.57% of the company’s total shares outstanding, Greenlight’s purchase isn’t a sign that he is planning on becoming an activist owner – at least not yet.


  • David Einhorn's Top 5 New Q4 Buys

    In the final quarter of a year that would end with his Greenlight Capital hedge fund down more than 20%, David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) purchased 15 new stocks, he disclosed Tuesday.

    Einhorn discussed his biggest new holding, Macy’s Inc. (NYSE:M), in his quarterly letter. He also bought Avandgrid Inc. (NYSE:AGR), Mylan NV (NASDAQ:MYL), Allergan PLC (NYSE:AGN) and DSW Inc. (NYSE:DSW) has his next largest positions. Greenlight’s public equity portfolio had a value of $5.5 billion and 48 stocks listed in total at quarter-end.


  • David Einhorn Rebounds – Somewhat

    After suffering the worst year in his fund’s history, David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) has started 2016 on a better foot as some of his earlier ideas began to prove correct.

    Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital fell 20.2% in 2015 as Einhorn shorted the top two performing stocks in the S&P 500, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), and was long two of its 10 worst performing stocks, among other missteps. Greenlight also lost money in each quarter of the year, in which the S&P 500 returned 1.4% including reinvested dividends.


  • Guru Stocks Trading Below Peter Lynch Value

    According to GuruFocus All-in-One Screener, several gurus are focusing on stocks whose Peter Lynch fair value is far above the current price. The following stocks are trading with a wide margin of safety, and at least five gurus are shareholders.

    AerCap Holdings NV (AER) is trading at about $28 per share, and the Peter Lynch value gives the stock a fair price of $135.01, giving the stock a margin of safety of 79%.


  • Stocks in the Spotlight

    Indexes had a nice rebound along with oil on Tuesday on renewed optimism that oil producers will look to curb production in the near future. The problem with this is twofold. For one, Saudi Arabia has been pretty adamant that it plans to keep producing oil in order to preserve market share. Second, more supply is set to hit the market, this time from Iran whose sanctions have been lifted. Neighboring Iraq is also set to increase its oil production from 3.8 million barrels per day to 4 million plus.

    The main stock to watch on Wednesday, Jan. 27, will be Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) whose shares are down after hours after it reported better-than-expected earnings but missed analyst estimates on revenue. Earnings came in at $3.28 per share on $75.9 billion in revenue vs. analyst expectations of $3.23 per share on revenue of $76.54 billion.


  • David Einhorn May Push for SunEdison Sale

    SunEdison (SUNE) is an important position for David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) with a 6.8% stake (4% through Greenlight Capital). SunEdison does everything from development and finances, up to installment and operation of solar power plants. It is one of the largest renewable energy companies in the world (market cap of nearly $1 billion) and is headquartered in the U.S.

    Last year, it was one of Einhorn's biggest losers as the firm declined over 90% after announcing a controversial deal with Vivint in July 2015. This deal involves a complicated transaction with Vivint and TerraForm Power (NASDAQ:TERP). The latter is a company that often buys developed projects from SunEdison. Guru, and now activist shareholder, David Tepper (Trades, Portfolio) has been railing against the deal.


  • Polaris Industries and Spirit Airlines Are on the Casualty List

    Sometimes bad things happen to good stocks.

    In an effort to find bounce-back candidates, I compile a quarterly Casualty List of stocks that I think have been unduly punished by the marketplace.


  • Einhorn Invests in Macy's

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) has also jumped on the Macy's (NYSE:M) express along with fellow activist Starboard Value. The guru, who had a terrible 2015, is looking for some redemption, and the Macy's thesis makes a lot of sense.

    Retail, as a whole, is currently out of favor. Many firms are struggling, distressed or already bankrupt. Macy's is doing much better by comparison but isn't exactly knocking the ball out of the park, either, and its share price has suffered:


  • David Einhorn Comments on ARM Holdings

    Our thesis for our short position in ARM Holdings (ARM) was that falling chip prices,slowing smartphone growth and more competition from Intel would limit ARM’s potentialroyalty pool. Two of the three have occurred, but Intel’s progress has been disappointing.Also, ARM was more successful than we expected in offsetting its problems by increasing theroyalty rate it charges its customers. We covered the position at a small loss and moved on.

    From David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)'s Green Light Capital fourth quarter 2015 shareholder letter.  

  • David Einhorn Comments on Micron Technology

    MU (NASDAQ:MU) was our biggest winner in 2014 and our biggest loser in 2015. We have written a lotabout it and have exited the position. When all the dust settled, our average purchase was at$19.93 and our average sale was at $22.14, generating an IRR of 14%. The coulda-woulda-shoulda perspective that this was a disaster is belied by the overall decent return we made onthe investment.

    From David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)'s Green Light Capital fourth quarter 2015 shareholder letter.  

  • David Einhorn Comments on Cairn Energy

    We exited our position in Cairn Energy (LSE:CNE). The downturn in oil prices was negative but tolerable; however, the ongoing retroactive extraterritorial taxation claims by India made profitable ownership of Cairn impossible. We initiated a small position in early 2012 at £2.72and gave up at £1.54.

    From David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)'s Green Light Capital fourth quarter 2015 shareholder letter.  

  • David Einhorn Comments on Bank of New York Mellon

    We decided to sell our position in Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE:BK) with a small profit. We becamemoderately less comfortable with the market exposure in both the Investment Services andInvestment Management segments and felt that the market was giving the company too muchcredit for potential earnings leverage to multiple Fed rate hikes.

    From David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)'s Green Light Capital fourth quarter 2015 shareholder letter.  

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