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What the Gurus Did Last Week – Guru Real Time Update

Monica Wolfe

Monica Wolfe

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The following information is a highlight of the real-time guru activity we saw this week. To view more information on these gurus, check out their guru portfolios. The “Real Time Picks” reports the stock purchases and sells that Gurus have made within the prior two weeks. If a Guru makes a purchase or sell of a company in which they owns a greater-than 5% stake, SEC regulations require them to report their transaction within two days. We saw Real Time activity from Mario Gabelli, Carl Icahn, Whitney Tilson and Chuck Royce over the past week.

Several gurus also released their second quarter portfolios over the past week; check them out here.

Mario Gabelli

As reported by GuruFocus Real Time Picks, Guru Mario Gabelli increased his position in two companies and bought into a new company. This brings the total stocks owned by Gabelli to 800. As of the close of the second quarter, Gabelli’s portfolio was valued at over $15 billion.

On July 30, Gabelli increased his position in Keynote Systems (KEYN) by 34.39%. The guru purchased a total of 122,100 shares at an average price of $19.92 per share. The price is up slightly since his trade. Gabelli now owns 477,100 shares of Keynote, representing 2.61% of the company’s shares outstanding.



Keynote is a global provider of Internet and mobile cloud monitoring and testing solutions.

Keynote Systems’ historical revenue and net income:

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Keynote has a market cap of $371.8 million. Its shares are currently trading at around $19.99 with a P/E ratio of 139.10, a P/S ratio of 3.00 and a P/B ratio of 1.50. The company had an annual average earnings growth of 37.3% over the past five years.

Gabelli increased his holdings in Superior Industries International (SUP) as reported on Aug. 2. The guru added 233,781 shares to his holdings representing a 12.92% increase. Gabelli purchased these shares at an average price of $18.53 per share. Since this buy, the price per share is down approximately 2%. He now holds on to 2,030,489 shares of Superior Industries, representing 7.43% of the company’s shares outstanding.



Superior Industries is the largest manufacturer of aluminum wheels for passenger cars and light-duty vehicles in North America. Major customers of Superior include Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Superior Industries’ historical revenue and net income:

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Superior Industries International has a market cap of $501.8 million. Its shares are currently trading at around $18.29 with a P/E ratio of 17.20, a P/S ratio of 0.60 and a P/B ratio of 1.00. The company also offers a dividend yield of 4.40%.

Also reported on Aug. 2 was Gabelli’s initial purchase into Steel Excel (SXCL). The guru bought 848,797 shares at an average price of $29.25. Mario Gabelli previously held on to SXCL but sold out of the company in 2010. His most recent purchase gives him possession of 6.59% of the company’s shares outstanding.

Steel Excel operates through two business segments: Steel Energy and Steel Sports. Steel Energy provides well servicing, workover and other services to the gas and oil industry. Steel Sports is a network of branded participatory and experience-based businesses engaged in sports, training, entertainment and consumer lifestyles.

Steel Excel’s historical revenue and net income:

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Steel Excel has a market cap of $370.9 million. Its shares are currently trading at around $29.00 with a P/E ratio of 14.40, a P/S ratio of 3.30 and a P/B ratio of 0.90.

View Mario Gabelli’s second quarter portfolio here.

Chuck Royce

Chuck Royce updated seven companies as reported to real time picks.

Schweitzer-Mauduit International (SWM): On July 31, Royce upped his holdings in SWM by 43.94%. The guru bought 997,117 shares at an average price of $54.14 per share. Since this buy, the price per share has increased approximately 1%. Royce now holds on to 3,266,439 shares, representing 10.41% of the company’s shares outstanding.

Central Garden & Pet (CENT): Royce increased his position in CENT by 35.6%. The guru bought 130,000 shares at $7.49 per share. Since his most recent increase, the price per share has dropped -12%. Royce now owns a total of 1,254,864 shares of Central Garden & Pet, representing 2.56% of the company’s shares outstanding.

Royce reduced his holdings in the following five companies:

Inter Parfums (IPAR): Royce sold 525,288 shares, representing a -63.06% reduction in his holdings. He sold these shares at an average price of $32.98; the share price is now down 11%. The guru now owns 1,137,140 shares of IPAR.

Maidenform Brands (MFB): Royce reduced his position in MFB by -86.64%. The guru sold a total of 2,027,632 shares at an average price of $23.36 per share; the share price is currently the same. The guru now holds 312,700 shares.

Faro Technologies (FARO): Royce cut his position -54.29% last week. The guru sold a total of 157,130 shares at an average price of $36.73 per share; the share price is trading up 1%. The guru now holds 626,963 shares.

Olympic Steel (ZEUS): Royce cut his holdings in Olympic Steel by -45.2% last week. The guru sold a total of 213,032 shares at an average price of $27.85 per share; the price is trading up 2%. Royce now owns 717,784 shares of ZEUS.

PCTEL (PCTI): Royce made his largest reduction in Olympic Steel, cutting his holdings by 94.73%. The guru sold a total of 279,660 shares at an average price of $9.65; the share price is down -8%. Royce now holds 44,100 shares of PCTI.

You can view Chuck Royce’s current portfolio here.

Carl Icahn

Icahn made two increases over the past week. Icahn upped his stake in both Dell and Nuance Communications.

On Aug. 7, Icahn increased his position in Nuance Communications by 50.27%. The guru purchased a total of 17,041,121 shares at approximately $19.10 per share. The share price is trading around the same price today.

Icahn now owns 50,940,395 shares of Nuance Communications (NUAN), representing approximately 16% of the company’s shares outstanding.

Icahn bought into the company in first quarter 2013 when he purchased 3.812 million shares. Since this buy, he’s seen a 9% decline in share prices. In April Icahn bought an additional 30 million shares, making him a 10% owner of the company, and since this buy the share prices have dropped approximately 18%.

The recent increase by Icahn caused Nuance to hit its highest intraday price since May.

Nuance Communications is a provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience easier and more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems.

Nuance’s historical revenue and net income:

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Nuance has a market cap of $6.15 billion. Its shares are currently trading at around $19.34 with a P/E ratio of 41.10, a P/S ratio of 3.30 and a P/B ratio of 2.20. The company had an annual average earnings growth of 23.1% over the past ten years.

Sticking true to his nature, Carl Icahn will not be giving up without a fight. The guru increased his position in Dell (DELL) yet again as reported by GuruFocus Real Time Picks. The war for the computer company has been raging for months between Michael Dell and Silver Lake against Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management.

The activist investor bought an additional 4 million shares of Dell at approximately $13.68 per share. Icahn’s most recent increase in his holdings gives him a total of 156,478,650 shares of Dell, representing 8.73% of the company’s shares outstanding.

Dell’s historical revenue and net income:

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Icahn is the second largest shareholder to CEO and Founder Michael Dell who holds over 250 million shares of the company’s stock.

Dell has a market cap of $24.13 billion. Its shares are currently trading at around $13.74 with a P/E ratio of 12.90, a P/S ratio of 0.40 and a P/B ratio of 2.10. The company has seen an annual average earnings growth of 5.4% over the past ten years.

GuruFocus rated Dell the business predictability rank of 3-star.

Check out Carl Icahn’s current portfolio here.

Whitney Tilson

Last week Guru Whitney Tilson reported a reduction to his position in dELiA*s (DLIA). The guru shrunk his holdings -17.16% by selling a total of 1,225,356 shares. Tilson sold his shares at an average price of $1.50 per share, and since this reduction the share price has dropped an additional 7%.

Tilson now holds on to a total of 2,458,936 shares of dELiA*s, representing 7.76% of the company’s shares outstanding. Tilson’s holding history as of the first quarter:



dELiA*s sells apparel, jewelry and other various clothing items to primarily teenage girls and young women. The company develops, markets and sells mainly its own lifestyle brand, and to a lesser extent third party brands, in its retail stores as well as via catalogs and the internet.

dELiA*s’ historical revenue and net income:

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dELiA has a market cap of $46.3 million. Its shares are currently trading at around $1.40 with a P/S ratio of 0.20 and a P/B ratio of 1.40. The company had an annual average earnings growth of 9.3% over the past five years.

Check out Whitney Tilson’s most current portfolio here.

Check out the most current GuruFocus Real Time Picks here.

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