John Paulson

John Paulson

Last Update: 2014-11-14

Number of Stocks: 75
Number of New Stocks: 7

Total Value: $24,081 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 19%

Countries: USA
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  • Multiple and Customizable Investment Checklist: New and Much Improved Feature

    GuruFocus is pleased to announce that we have made a big improvement to our “Investment Checklist” feature. Now you can do much more with the “Investment Checklist”:


  • John Paulson's Top 5 New Holdings For Q3

    John Paulson (Trades, Portfolio)’s hedge fund Paulson & Co. was founded in 1994 and has $22.8 billion in assets under management as of Jul 2014. The fund focuses primarily on event-driven arbitrage situations. Paulson’s top strategies, the Advantage and Advantage Plus funds, lost 4.8 percent and 3.9 percent this year through August, the New York Times reported.

    In the third quarter, the investor purchased seven new stocks, for 19% portfolio turnover and a total of 75 holdings at quarter-end.


  • Paulson Reduces Cobalt International Energy Stake Near 52-Week Low

    As Cobalt International Energy (CIE) plunged to its lowest point since 2011, hedge fund manager John Paulson (Trades, Portfolio) sold a small fraction of his more than 10% stake in the company, according to GuruFocus Real Time Picks.  

  • DuPont Analysis for Family Dollar Stores

    In this article, let´s see one of the most important financial ratios applying to stockholders, the best measure of performance for a firm's management: the Return on Equity (ROE), and we are going to analyze it in the case of Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO)

    ROE is calculated as net income applicable to common shares divided by the average book value of common equity: ROE = Net Income / Av. Book Value


  • Hedge Fund Manager John Paulson Full Interview - Delivering Alpha 2014

  • John Paulson's 4 Stocks Trading for Less Than He Paid for Them

    John Paulson (Trades, Portfolio)’s firm Paulson & Co. manages approximately $21.4 billion and focuses specifically on arbitrage strategies, restructurings and other capital events. When his team analyzes stocks undergoing corporate events or sectors in which they have interest, they employ a bottom-up assessment of fundamentals within those targets.

    Though Paulson has had some crushing years, he has so far always managed to rebound to superstar status. His event-driven strategy, the Paulson Recovery Fund, won a 2013 Absolute Return Award in 2013 for its 65.1% net gain.


  • Sprint Corp: Moving Toward a Brighter Future?

    Over the past few weeks I have been watching the developments of the telecommunications industry, which has provided an excellent opportunity to search for investment stocks in this sector. One company I think is very interesting to analyze is Sprint Corp Series 1(S). While there are many different factors to consider when investing, in the article below I will look at the debt side of the company. I will analyze Sprint's debt ratios and what analysts and other top investors think about the company, which should give us an idea of the company’s leverage and how much to expect in return for investing in it over the long term.

    As the third largest mobile carrier in the U.S., Sprint serves 47 million customers directly and another 8 million via affiliates. However, the recent years have proven difficult for the firm, with its postpaid market share plummeting from an initial 21% to 14%. Competing against AT&T Inc. (T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), the firm’s postpaid base was 75% of the size of these rivals in 2007, but now it’s only half as big. Although the carrier has recovered somewhat from 2009’s historical low point, it still has a long way to go. In the hopes of expanding its scale, Sprint acquired Clearwire in July 2013, and is now undergoing a network modernization project, in order to integrate the purchase and rebuild momentum. Although this measure is surely necessary to keep growing, Sprint’s position as the most leveraged U.S. mobile carrier makes it particularly vulnerable to any errors.


  • John Paulson Takes Giant Stakes in 3 Companies

    After several years of middling returns, the Paulson Recovery fund recovered. It was the third top-returning large hedge fund in 2013, returning 45%, compared to 4.9% last year, according to Bloomberg.

    John Paulson (Trades, Portfolio) in the fourth quarter also bought 16 new stocks, and holds 87 in total, in a portfolio valued at $20.3 billion. The new buys include massive stakes in three companies.  

  • The Gold Bull – John Paulson’s Top Yield Gold Stocks in Review

    As a high school senior, Guru John Paulson was first into spiritual gold, claiming an interest in the “divine light club” in his school’s yearbook, according to Wikipedia.  After youthful travels to Ecuador, forays into selling flooring and manufacturing clothing, and studies in philosophy, creative writing and film, Paulson ended up as a legendary hedge fund investor and one of the mysterious metal’s biggest proponents.  

    With spot gold prices down 25% this year, investors are wondering what’s ahead for Paulson’s PFR Gold Fund, down around 63% this year. Goldman Sachs projects gold  will drop another 15% to an estimated $1,050 in 2014 and Morgan Stanley estimates a price of $1,313.  


  • Time Warner Cable: An Epic Battle for the Last Mile

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  • John Paulson's Top Five Holdings

    John Paulson is the President and Portfolio Manager of Paulson & Co. The guru became a guru by short-selling subprime mortgages in 2007, but is most known for his stance on gold.

    During the third quarter the guru bought 8 new stocks bringing his portfolio to 87 stocks valued at over $15.516 billion, up from $14.4 billion last quarter. .  

  • John Paulson Buys Vodafone, Time Warner Cable, Family Dollar Stores, Sells Sprint, Pioneer Natural Resources

    Hedge fund giant John Paulson just reported his third quarter portfolio. John Paulson buys Vodafone Group PLC, Time Warner Cable Inc, Family Dollar Stores, Inc., etc during the 3-months ended 09/30/2013, according to the most recent filings of his investment company, Paulson & Co.

    As of 09/30/2013, Paulson & Co. owns 87 stocks with a total value of $15.5 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.  

  • Highest Returning Guru - John Paulson’s 52-week Low Stocks

    The current highest-returning Guru, John Paulson, founder of Paulson & Company, is averaging 12-month returns of 292.03%. His portfolio show 91 stocks, 15 of them new, and a total value of $14.17 billion. His quarter-over-quarter turnover is 21%.

    Here’s an update on two companies in Paulson’s portfolio that are near a 52-week low. Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (AEM) restarted its Goldex mine in Quebec and has poured its first gold this month; numerous gurus sold out Equinix Inc. (EQIX) in the second quarter of 2013, but Paulson reduced his shares by a little more than half.  

  • John Paulson Talks About Buying Steinway

  • Thinking of Investing with a Hedge Fund?

    We can do very well by seeing what a number of hedge funds are actually buying and selling, and GuruFocus is absolutely the best site on the web for that intelligence. But if you are considering investing with a hedge fund yourself, I have three words of advice: “Don’t do it!” I have written frequently about their exorbitant fees, their hundreds of millions spent stuffing cash in politicians’ campaign funds (er, “lobbying”) and, most of all, their failure to provide good value in return.

    Now others seem to be joining in sounding this alert. Mark Hulbert, the investment letter cheerleader/critic, in an article this summer, “The Verdict is In: Hedge Funds Aren’t Worth the Money,” reaches the same conclusions. He writes:  

  • John Paulson's Top Five Holdings

    John Paulson is the President and Portfolio Manager of Paulson & Co. The guru became a guru by short-selling subprime mortgages in 2007, but is most known for his stance on gold.

    During the second quarter the guru bought 15 new stocks bringing his portfolio to 91 stocks valued at over $14.17 billion.  

  • Gold Going East, Revenue Going West

    Gold importing giants India and China have increased their imports by 48% and 70% respectively, during the first half of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. Considering this positive outlook for gold producers, the U.S.-based firms Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) and Newmont Mining (NEM) could be looking at a brighter future.

    Diversification Has Its Benefits  

  • Tempering Gold - John Paulson’s Second Quarter Selling

    John Paulson, founder of Paulson & Company, is a legendary hedge fund investor well-known for generating mega-returns in the 2008 market crash and for extraordinary gains and losses in the gold market. The Paulson portfolio update shows 91 stocks, 15 of them new, and a total value of $14.17 billion. Paulson’s firm has a quarter-over-quarter turnover of 21%.

    Guru John Paulson was actively selling in the second quarter of 2013:  

  • John Paulson Gives First Television Interview, Discusses Gold, Stock Picks

  • Reflections from 20 Years of Investing (2001-2008) Part 3

    “We do not learn from experience; we learn from reflecting on experience.” — John Dewey

    Today’s edition will chronicle my investment saga in the final years leading up to the credit crisis which began in the late summer and early fall of 2008. I have decided to forgo describing the investment details of one of my largest successes (Imperial Sugar, formerly IPSU) in favor of describing my temporary diversion from the most important aspect of value investing. Specifically, I will address my failure to maintain a sufficient margin of safety in my investments. Anyone interested in reviewing the investment thesis for Imperial Sugar can access [url= ]this GuruFocus article[/url] which details the “perfect storm” of events that provided the company with a temporary windfall of profits.  

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ReplyMinerva - 2 months ago
Gurumdm -

Still hoping for a reply to my questions of a week ago.

Thank you.
ReplyMinerva - 3 months ago

Now that you have explained the mistake ... why isn't the position now showing on his list of latest trades? What do you know about the timeframe during which Paulson acquired his positions? What do you know of the average price during that period of time (and, therefore, his approximates average cost)?
ReplyGurumdm - 3 months ago
It was an incredible mistake of gurufocus
Paulson & Co Inc., the hedge fund run by John Paulson (Trades, Portfolio) (Trades, Portfolio), acquired 61,384,234 sharesor 19.35% of Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. (OGSRB),(OGSBW) Paulson hedge fund disclosed the 19.35% stake in a 13G Filing with the SEC.
ReplyGurumdm - 3 months ago
Like Minerva comments, yesterday (9/11) John Paulson (Trades, Portfolio) hsving a large position in Realty Income (O).
Today, it's gone.
Please could you explain this situation
ReplyMinerva - 3 months ago
Yesterday (9/11), Guru showed John Paulson (Trades, Portfolio) having taken a very large position (61m shares) in Realty Income (O). Today, it's gone. Can you explain? Error? Hacker? Already sold?
ReplyJohntdavies88 - 4 months ago
Can I have a description on what the above means exactly? I don't understand the different colours.

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