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Hedge Fund Centaur Capital Buys CSTR, WDC, DELL, AHL, DO, CSCO, Sells NOC, VOD, BH, LH, EMC

Hedge fund manager Zeke Ashton of Centaur Capital Partners just reported his first quarter portfolio. As of 03/31/2011, he owns 33 stocks with a total value of $103 million. These are the details of the buys and sells.

Zeke Ashton is the managing partner of Centaur Capital Partners and manages the investments for the Centaur Value Fund. He is also manager of Tilson Dividend Fund. Centaur Capital Partners follows an investment philosophy based upon value principles, and selects stock investments based upon true business value as reflected by asset value, cash flow generation, management quality, and the competitive advantages of the underlying businesses when such stocks are available at compelling prices.

To understand more about Zeke Ashton, please read our recent interview with his: Guru Zeke Ashton: Q&A Answers.

Over the past five years, under the management of Zeke Ashton, Tilson Dividend Fund generated a cumulative return of 58.7%, while the S&P500 gained 12.2%.

This is the portfolio chart of Zeke Ashton. You can click on the legend of the chart to show/hide buys, sells, or holdings. Each ball on the chart represents a position in the portfolio. You can move your mouse on the balls to see the details of each position and click to see the details of all guru trades with this position.



For the details of Zeke Ashton's stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Zeke+Ashton

This is the sector weightings of his portfolio:

Technology 27.9%
Financials 18.4%
Consumer Services 11.3%
Industrials 8.6%
Oil & Gas 3%
Health Care 2.7%
Consumer Goods 0.9%


These are the top 5 holdings of Zeke Ashton

  1. Coinstar Inc. (CSTR) - 130,000 shares, 5.81% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 10000%
  2. WESTERN DIGITAL CORP. (WDC) - 125,000 shares, 4.54% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 10000%
  3. Dell Inc. (DELL) - 300,000 shares, 4.24% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 10000%
  4. TERRA NOVA ROYALTY Corp. (TTT) - 469,839 shares, 3.94% of the total portfolio.
  5. Calamos Asset Management Inc. (CLMS) - 238,800 shares, 3.86% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 20.66%


Added: Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO)

Zeke Ashton added to his holdings in Cisco Systems Inc. by 60%. His purchase prices were between $17 and $22.05, with an estimated average price of $19.5. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 1.25%. His holdings were 200,000 shares as of 03/31/2011.

Cisco Systems, Inc. is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Cisco Systems Inc. has a market cap of $96.63 billion; its shares were traded at around $17.48 with a P/E ratio of 12.2 and P/S ratio of 2.4. The dividend yield of Cisco Systems Inc. stocks is 1.4%. Cisco Systems Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 23% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Cisco Systems Inc. the business predictability rank of 2.5-star.

New Purchase: Coinstar Inc. (CSTR)

Zeke Ashton initiated holdings in Coinstar Inc.. His purchase prices were between $38.96 and $57.58, with an estimated average price of $45.48. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 5.81%. His holdings were 130,000 shares as of 03/31/2011.

Coinstar, Inc. operate a national network of self-service coin-counting machines in the U. Coinstar Inc. has a market cap of $1.68 billion; its shares were traded at around $52.73 with a P/E ratio of 24.1 and P/S ratio of 1.2. Coinstar Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 17% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Coinstar Inc. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

New Purchase: Western Digital Corp. (WDC)

Zeke Ashton initiated holdings in Western Digital Corp. His purchase prices were between $29.44 and $37.71, with an estimated average price of $33.83. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 4.54%. His holdings were 125,000 shares as of 03/31/2011.

Western Digital Corp. designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad line of hard drives featuring leading-edge technology. Western Digital Corp. has a market cap of $8.73 billion; its shares were traded at around $37.67 with a P/E ratio of 10.1 and P/S ratio of 0.9. Western Digital Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 40.2% over the past 5 years.

New Purchase: Dell Inc. (DELL)

Zeke Ashton initiated holdings in Dell Inc.. His purchase prices were between $13.15 and $15.83, with an estimated average price of $14.44. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 4.24%. His holdings were 300,000 shares as of 03/31/2011.

Dell Inc. is a premier provider of products and services required for customers worldwide to build their information-technology and Internet infrastructures. Dell Inc. has a market cap of $30.28 billion; its shares were traded at around $15.88 with a P/E ratio of 9.9 and P/S ratio of 0.5. Dell Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 4.2% over the past 10 years.

New Purchase: Aspen Insurance Holding Ltd. (AHL)

Zeke Ashton initiated holdings in Aspen Insurance Holding Ltd.. His purchase prices were between $26.17 and $30.74, with an estimated average price of $28.8. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 3.35%. His holdings were 125,000 shares as of 03/31/2011.

Aspen Insurance Holdings is a Bermudian holding company that provides property and casualty reinsurance in the global market, property and liability insurance principally in the United Kingdom and surplus lines insurance in the United States. Aspen Insurance Holding Ltd. has a market cap of $1.96 billion; its shares were traded at around $27.82 with a P/E ratio of 43.5 and P/S ratio of 0.9. The dividend yield of Aspen Insurance Holding Ltd. stocks is 2.1%.

New Purchase: Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO)

Zeke Ashton initiated holdings in Diamond Offshore Drilling. His purchase prices were between $64.74 and $78.96, with an estimated average price of $73.68. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 3.02%. His holdings were 40,000 shares as of 03/31/2011.

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. engages principally in the contract drilling of offshore oil and gas wells. Diamond Offshore Drilling has a market cap of $9.72 billion; its shares were traded at around $69.88 with a P/E ratio of 10.6 and P/S ratio of 3. The dividend yield of Diamond Offshore Drilling stocks is 0.7%. Diamond Offshore Drilling had an annual average earnings growth of 34.4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Diamond Offshore Drilling the business predictability rank of 3-star.

New Purchase: Transatlantic Petroleum Ltd. (TAT)

Zeke Ashton initiated holdings in Transatlantic Petroleum Ltd.. His purchase prices were between $2.85 and $3.45, with an estimated average price of $3.13. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 2.33%. His holdings were 770,745 shares as of 03/31/2011.

TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. is a vertically integrated, international oil and gas company. Transatlantic Petroleum Ltd. has a market cap of $783.7 million; its shares were traded at around $2.33 with and P/S ratio of 26.7.

New Purchase: GameStop Corp (GME)

Zeke Ashton initiated holdings in Gamestop Corp. His purchase prices were between $19.5 and $22.91, with an estimated average price of $20.62. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 1.1%. His holdings were 50,000 shares as of 03/31/2011.

GameStop Corp. is the world's largest video game and entertainment software retailer. Gamestop Corp has a market cap of $3.64 billion; its shares were traded at around $25.87 with a P/E ratio of 9.6 and P/S ratio of 0.4. Gamestop Corp had an annual average earnings growth of 17.8% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Gamestop Corp the business predictability rank of 3-star.

New Purchase: Westell Technologies Inc. (WSTL)

Zeke Ashton initiated holdings in Westell Technologies Inc.. His purchase prices were between $2.92 and $3.72, with an estimated average price of $3.34. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.51%. His holdings were 150,000 shares as of 03/31/2011.

Westell Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures, markets and services a broad range of digital and analog products used by telcos to deliver services primarily over existing copper telephone wires that connect end users to a telco's central office. Westell Technologies Inc. has a market cap of $245.3 million; its shares were traded at around $3.57 with a P/E ratio of 16.2 and P/S ratio of 1.4.

Reduced: Laboratory Corp. Of America. (LH)

Zeke Ashton reduced to his holdings in Laboratory Corp. Of America by 53.42%. His sale prices were between $86.74 and $92.55, with an estimated average price of $89.65. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -3.09%. Zeke Ashton still held 30,000 shares as of 03/31/2011.

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, is one of the largest independent clinical laboratory company's in the United States. Laboratory Corp. Of Amer. has a market cap of $9.64 billion; its shares were traded at around $96.37 with a P/E ratio of 16.1 and P/S ratio of 1.9. Laboratory Corp. Of Amer. had an annual average earnings growth of 15.8% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Laboratory Corp. Of Amer. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

Reduced: EMC Corp. (EMC)

Zeke Ashton reduced to his holdings in EMC Corp. by 58.33%. His sale prices were between $22.9 and $27.35, with an estimated average price of $25.69. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -1.81%. Zeke Ashton still held 50,000 shares as of 03/31/2011.

EMC Corporation and its subsidiaries design, manufacture, market and support a wide range of hardware and software products and provide services for the storage, management, protection and sharing ofelectronic information. Emc Corp. has a market cap of $55.69 billion; its shares were traded at around $27 with a P/E ratio of 25 and P/S ratio of 3.3. Emc Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 10.6% over the past 5 years.

Reduced: Calamos Asset Management Inc. (CLMS)

Zeke Ashton reduced to his holdings in Calamos Asset Management Inc. by 20.66%. His sale prices were between $13.95 and $17.155, with an estimated average price of $15.9. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -1.01%. Zeke Ashton still held 238,800 shares as of 03/31/2011.

Calamos Asset Management, Inc., provides investment advisory services through its subsidiaries to institutions and individuals, principally in the United States. Calamos Asset Management Inc. has a market cap of $309.3 million; its shares were traded at around $15.37 with a P/E ratio of 15.9 and P/S ratio of 1. The dividend yield of Calamos Asset Management Inc. stocks is 2.4%.

Sold Out: Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC)

Zeke Ashton sold out his holdings in Northrop Grumman Corp.. His sale prices were between $64.78 and $71.87, with an estimated average price of $67.86.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a high technology company providing innovative solutions in systems integration, defense electronics and information technology for its U. Northrop Grumman Corp. has a market cap of $18.69 billion; its shares were traded at around $64.15 with a P/E ratio of 10.7 and P/S ratio of 0.5. The dividend yield of Northrop Grumman Corp. stocks is 2.9%. Northrop Grumman Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 11.1% over the past 10 years.

Sold Out: Vodafone Group Plc (VOD)

Zeke Ashton sold out his holdings in Vodafone Group Plc. His sale prices were between $26.41 and $29.67, with an estimated average price of $28.47.

Vodafone AirTouch Plc is the world's largest international mobile communications firm. Vodafone Group Plc has a market cap of $147.03 billion; its shares were traded at around $27.93 with and P/S ratio of 2.1. The dividend yield of Vodafone Group Plc stocks is 3.2%.

Sold Out: Biglari Holdings Inc. (BH)

Zeke Ashton sold out his holdings in Biglari Holdings Inc.. His sale prices were between $391.45 and $459.77, with an estimated average price of $422.61.

Biglari Holdings Inc., formerly known as The Steak n Shake Company, is engaged primarily in the ownership, operation, and franchising of restaurants in the United States. Biglari Holdings Inc. has a market cap of $595.4 million; its shares were traded at around $415.14 with a P/E ratio of 20.1 and P/S ratio of 0.9.

Sold Out: American Eagle Outfitters (AEO)

Zeke Ashton sold out his holdings in American Eagle Outfitters. His sale prices were between $14.02 and $16.18, with an estimated average price of $15.05.

American Eagle Outfitters is a specialty retailer of all-American casual apparel, accessories, and footwear for men and women between the ages of 16 and 34. American Eagle Outfitters has a market cap of $2.88 billion; its shares were traded at around $14.79 with a P/E ratio of 14.4 and P/S ratio of 0.9. The dividend yield of American Eagle Outfitters stocks is 3%. American Eagle Outfitters had an annual average earnings growth of 12.7% over the past 10 years.

Sold Out: Artio Global Investors Inc. (ART)

Zeke Ashton sold out his holdings in Artio Global Investors Inc.. His sale prices were between $14.33 and $16.48, with an estimated average price of $15.27.

Artio Global Investors Inc. is the holding company of Artio Global Management LLC, a registered investment adviser headquartered in New York City that actively invests in global equity and fixed income markets, primarily for institutional and intermediary clients. Artio Global Investors Inc. has a market cap of $661.9 million; its shares were traded at around $15.9 with a P/E ratio of 9.6 and P/S ratio of 2. The dividend yield of Artio Global Investors Inc. stocks is 1.5%.

Sold Out: Vonage Holdings Corp. (VG)

Zeke Ashton sold out his holdings in Vonage Holdings Corp.. His sale prices were between $2.24 and $4.64, with an estimated average price of $3.71.

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP. is a provider of digital phone services with over two million subscriber lines. Vonage Holdings Corp. has a market cap of $1.08 billion; its shares were traded at around $4.89 with a P/E ratio of 21.2 and P/S ratio of 1.2.

Sold Out: Ebay Inc. (EBAY)

Zeke Ashton sold out his holdings in Ebay Inc.. His sale prices were between $27.695 and $34.69, with an estimated average price of $31.12.

eBay is one of the world's largest online trading communities. Ebay Inc. has a market cap of $42.4 billion; its shares were traded at around $32.68 with a P/E ratio of 21.1 and P/S ratio of 4.7. Ebay Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 27.3% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Ebay Inc. the business predictability rank of 2-star.

Sold Out: Petsmart Inc. (PETM)

Zeke Ashton sold out his holdings in Petsmart Inc.. His sale prices were between $38.61 and $42.56, with an estimated average price of $40.71.

Petsmart Inc. is a operator of superstores specializing in pet food, supplies and services in the United States. Petsmart Inc. has a market cap of $4.84 billion; its shares were traded at around $42.11 with a P/E ratio of 20.9 and P/S ratio of 0.9. The dividend yield of Petsmart Inc. stocks is 1.2%. Petsmart Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 17% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Petsmart Inc. the business predictability rank of 2.5-star.

Sold Out: Maxygen Inc. (MAXY)

Zeke Ashton sold out his holdings in Maxygen Inc. His sale prices were between $3.92 and $5.33, with an estimated average price of $4.27.

Maxygen Inc. is a leader in the emerging field of directed molecular evolution, the process by which genes are modified for specific commercial uses. Maxygen Inc. has a market cap of $152.8 million; its shares were traded at around $5.08 with and P/S ratio of 4.1.


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