George Soros

George Soros

Last Update: 11-14-2016

Number of Stocks: 207
Number of New Stocks: 116

Total Value: $2,743 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 30%

Countries: USA
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George Soros Watch

  • Why All the Macro Gurus Are Betting on Emerging Markets

    I frequently go over recent Guru trades to see what some of the savviest investors on the planet are buying. Usually, there is an idea or two I want to check out more carefully. Worst case scenario, there's a lot to learn from how these men and women think, best case scenario, you find an idea that fits very well with your style.

    This time I couldn't help but notice Paul Tudor Jones (Trades, Portfolio), George Soros (Trades, Portfolio), Louis Moore Bacon, Stanley Druckenmiller, Charles Brandes (Trades, Portfolio) and Ray Dalio (Trades, Portfolio) all are buying the iShares MSCI Emerging Index. Five out of six are the most prolific macro traders you can find, but Brandes, who's more of a traditional value guy, is somewhat of a surprise.


  • Philip Morris Downgraded by Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    On Jan. 4, Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) from Buy to Neutral, and the average target price set by analysts is now $100.69.


  • Smart Money Acquires 30% of Key Energy Services

    There is nothing quite like a flurry of smart money and guru entries into a company to catch market interest, and if there is one company that is capturing attention right now for that reason, it is Key Energy Services Inc. (NYSE:KEG).

    Over the last week, the company has announced three major institutional positions, each of which should be enough as a single holding to inject some positive sentiment. Here is who is buying shares and why we think they are picking up exposure.


  • Abbott Closes St. Jude Medical Deal Wednesday

    Abbott Labs (NYSE:ABT) communicated through the PRNewswire on Dec. 30 that the closure of the purchase of St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) for $25 billion is expected on Wednesday.

    Due to antitrust rules the Federal Trade Commission and the Chinese Commerce Ministry required Abbott to sell off two cardiovascular devices, St. Jude Medical's Angio-Seal and Femoseal, vascular closure products and Abbott's Vado Steerable Sheath, a heart catheter.


  • Abbott Labs to Buy St. Jude Medical for $25 Billion

    Abbott Labs (NYSE:ABT) agreed Dec. 27 to the conditions imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for the closing of the deal that will see Abbott purchase St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) for a total consideration of $25 billion.

    After Abbott Labs’ agreement on the FTC’s conditions, there aren’t any other obstacles to Abbott's plan to purchase St. Jude Medical. Thus, the white smoke is expected anytime soon.


  • How to Invest in Gold in 2017

    With gold trending down, many investors interested in the industry are wondering which step to take. When the time comes, one of the ways to decide which gold mining stocks to invest in is analysing the characteristics of the gold industry and learning from the gurus’ moves.

    From Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, the price of gold on the London Bullion Market increased by 15.58%, as shown by the picture below that reports the following five sub-periods characterized by different trends in the gold price since the beginning of the year.


  • The Intuition in Trading and Investing

    Do you ever get that feeling that a certain trade will be huge? That you should size up on it and go for the jugular? You can’t exactly describe why this trade is the one, but you can definitely feel it.

    This feeling is what we call intuition.


  • Mason Hawkins Extends His Kodak Moment

    Mason Hawkins' (Trades, Portfolio) Southeastern Asset Management added to its position in Eastman Kodak Co. (NYSE:KODK) by 2,704.52% on Nov. 30.

    Hawkins is the CEO and chairman of Southeastern, which he founded in 1975. His firm manages the Longleaf Partners Fund. The firm relies on in-depth, fundamental research to find strong businesses that are discounted and have good management.


  • Gurus Shop in Robust Consumer Cyclical and Technology Sectors

    During the third quarter, gurus invested primarily in consumer cyclical and technology companies. Such companies have strong financial strength and high profitability. Several of these companies, including Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE:BABA), The Priceline Group Inc. (NASDAQ:PCLN), Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS), have a predictability rank of at least three stars. High guru ownership and number of guru buys suggest good value potential in the consumer cyclical and technology sectors.

    Tracking “favorite” gurus with Personalized Guru Lists


  • Abbott Laboratories Announces Quarterly Dividend

    The board of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) declared through PR Newswire Friday a dividend increase for the last quarter of the year.

    The U.S.-based global health care company headquartered in Lake Bluff, Illinois, will pay 26.5 cents per ordinary share to shareholders of record as of Jan. 13, 2017. The dividend, which represents a 1.9% increase from the prior dividend of 26 cents, will be paid by the company to the shareholders on Feb. 15, 2017.


  • Interim CEO Invests in IT Company

    Syntel Inc. (SYNT) interim CEO and President Rakesh Khanna (Insider Trades) acquired 5,850 shares of the company in two transactions on Dec. 5. The price per share was $20 for a total transaction of $117,000.

    Syntel, an information technology and knowledge process services company for Global 2000 companies, has a market cap of $1.67 billion.


  • 23 Questions With Brazilian Value Investor Gustavo Saiani

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

    I actually started out as a guitarist. From the age of 15 I took it really seriously. When time came to go to a university, I tried mechanical engineering and was very unhappy for two and a half years. Meanwhile, I started teaching music and performing. I also started a tiny business making and printing things like business cards using my father’s computer and printer. This was around 1995. One of my band mates studied graphic design, which up to that point I had not considered. Belatedly, I made the connection and decided to switch to graphic design. I was much happier but ironically stopped doing graphic design work and coasted along in school, devoting all my energy to music.


  • George Soros Adds to Barrick Gold

    During the third quarter, guru George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) added 1,781,226 shares of Barrick Gold to his portfolio at an average price of $19.94 per share. Since the trade, Barrick Gold's market price has declined by an estimated 23%.

    Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE:ABX) is a Canadian mining company that was founded in 1983 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Peter Munk. Barrick Gold has the industry’s largest gold reserves and resources as well as a high-quality project pipeline.


  • Stan Druckenmiller Axes Halliburton, Gains 5 New Positions

    Stanley Druckenmiller (Trades, Portfolio), manager of Duquesne Capital Management LLC, managed George Soros (Trades, Portfolio)’s Quantum Fund in the late 1980s. In 1981, Druckenmiller founded Duquesne Capital, which has over $10 billion in assets according to reports.

    During the third quarter, the investor eliminated his stake in Halliburton Co. (NYSE:HAL) and invested in 22 new companies. His top buys include Alibaba Group Holding Co. (NYSE:BABA), Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), Broadcom Ltd. (NASDAQ:AVGO), Activision Blizzard Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) and Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC).


  • George Soros Buys Oil, Emerging Markets and ‘Old Tech’ in 3rd Quarter

    Global macro investor George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) turned over a third of his portfolio in the September quarter as he dissolved some previous investments and went in new directions.

    Soros returned to investing at his family firm, $30 billion Soros Fund Management, in the second quarter to make a series of bold and bearish moves, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Following his pattern of betting on directions of markets, Soros’ activity included buying large sums of gold in anticipation of market tremors. But in the third quarter, he exited his position in the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), which has declined less than a percent since the end of the second quarter.  

  • Trading Lessons From George Soros

    Remember the scene from the '90s classic, "The Sandlot," where Smalls loses his father’s Babe Ruth-autographed baseball to “The Beast” and the other kids question him in disbelief, saying:


  • Gurus' 6 Worst-Performing Stocks

    While gurus are still holding stakes of these companies, the stock price and investors' returns are dropping. These are the worst-performing stocks over the last six months that have a long-term presence in more than four gurus’ portfolio.

    Key Energy Services Inc. (KEGXQ) reports a negative performance over the last six months with a price drop of -14.4%. Despite this, four mutual funds are holding the company with a total weight of 0.01% on their portfolios.


  • Could Guru Investors Be Wrong on Comcast?

    Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) seems to be a placeholder position for a large number of big money managers. Funds run by Donald Yacktman, Jim Simons, George Soros, Joel Greenblatt, Ken Fisher, Mario Gabelli and Jeremy Grantham are just a few of the long list of names in the stock.

    Rightly so. Comcast has built a stellar business by making investments within a largely monopolistic industry, cable and Internet providers. Through more than 150,000 full-time employees, the company dominates the media landscape and has enough money to throw around speculative bets like $200 million on Buzzfeed – that’s what it brings in net every 10 days.


  • George Soros on How Markets Really Work

    George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) was quoted in a speech he gave to the Committee for Monetary Research and Education back in the early '90s as follows:


  • Semiconductor Industry Showing High Growth Potential

    Among companies trading on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq, information technology companies offer high growth potential. Two technology companies, NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI) and NVIDIA Corp. (NASDAQ:NVDA), have strong current and Sloan ratios. As these companies have high profitability, several gurus poured capital into tech companies during the past quarter.

    Three ratios that determine asset efficiency and earnings quality


  • Gurus Trim Positions in Alcoa and Netflix

    On the sell side, gurus reduced positions in Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), two companies that have high debt burden. As these companies have declining financial strength, these companies have downside potential and possible bankruptcy risk.

    Debt ratios measure the financial strength of companies


  • George Soros Boosts Stake in Synaptics

    George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) increased his stake in Synaptics (NASDAQ:SYNA) elevenfold, adding an additional 180,000 shares in the company to his portfolio during the second quarter. Since the trade Synaptics' market price has tumbled by an estimated 15%.

    Synaptics has a market cap of $2.03 billion, a price-earnings (P/E) ratio of 30.71, an enterprise value of $1.91 billion and a price-book (P/B) ratio of 2.88.


  • George Soros Buys Rovi Corp

    During the second quarter, George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) purchased a 4,066,666 stake in Rovi Corp. (NASDAQ:ROVI) at an average price of $16.86. The trade has a 1.97% impact on Soros's portfolio. Since the trade, Rovi Corp.’s stock price has gained an estimated 33% in market value.

    Rovi Corp. has a market cap of $1.87 billion, an enterprise value of $2.48 billion, a P/B ratio of 1.83 and a P/S ratio of 1.83.


  • Cavium Insider Invests in Company

    Arthur Chadwick (Insider Trades), vice president of Finance and Adminstration and chief financial officer of Cavium Inc. (CAVM), purchased 20,000 shares in the company on Aug. 25. The price per share was $55.33 for a total transaction of $1,106,600.

    Cavium is a semiconductor product provider for networking, communication and the digital home. The company has a market cap of $3.65 billion.


  • Jim Rogers Is 1 of the World's Best Investors

    I recently reread the book “Street Smarts” by Jim Rogers. It’s an excellent book.

    In it Rogers shares his timeless advice on investing and life, and the lessons are so important that I decided to summarize them in this article. In a few minutes you will learn how one of the best investors in the world thinks and invests. If you are interested I suggest you read the full book.


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