Andreas Halvorsen

Last Update: 2014-03-10

Number of Stocks: 65
Number of New Stocks: 26

Total Value: $21,425 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 29%

Countries: USA
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Andreas Halvorsen' s Profile & Performance


Andreas Halvorsen is a founding partner of Viking Global Investors LP and currently serves as its CIO. Viking was formed in 1999 and is based in Greenwich, Connecticut. Viking manages two hedge funds invested in equities worldwide.
Prior to founding Viking, Mr. Halvorsen was a senior managing director and the director of equities at Tiger Management LLC. He also worked as an investment banker in the corporate finance and merger departments of Morgan Stanley. Prior to moving to the United States, Mr. Halvorsen graduated from the Norwegian Naval Academy and served as a platoon commander on the Norwegian SEAL Team.
Mr. Halvorsen received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1990 and graduated from Williams College in 1986.
Since starting his firm Viking Global in 1999, his Viking Global Equities III fund has gained 22% on average per year until March 2009. His largest down period was from Sept. 2001 to March of 2002, when his portfolio was down about 12%.

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Value Gurus Finding Stocks in the Worst-Performing Sector This Year: Materials
Where does a value investor find bargains in a market in which all 10 sectors of the S&P 500 posted gains in the first half of the year? The worst-performing sector, basic materials, may be a good place to start. While the S&P 500 index had its strongest first half since 1998, gaining 12.63%, the basic materials sector managed only a 1.68% gain, according to data from Standard and Poor’s. “… Commodity prices remained volatile, and the ability of companies to quickly pass along costs was limited,” the market research firm said in a note. Read more...
Capital One Financial (COF) - One Financial Stock Gurus Are Paying Attention To
Capital One Financial (COF) is a diversified financial institution. It is one of the largest issuers of Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) credit cards in the U.S., and it is one of the largest depositary institutions in the U.S. The firm has an auto finance segment and a global financial services segment, which includes foreign credit cards and other lending such as small-business loans. Read more...
Hedge Fund Viking Global Buys Citigroup Inc., Cigna Corp., Aon Corp., Sells American Tower Corp., Molson Coors Brewing Company, Mckesson Corp. Viking Global Q3: Buys C, CBS, CI, ESRX, FLS, HAL, HPQ, HPT,
While a lot of mutual funds and hedge funds alike suffered huge losses in 2008, Viking Global Investors, managed by Andreas Halvorsen eke out a tiny gain. This is his Q3 portfolio update. Read more...
RIMM Soars on Goldman Sachs Upgrade and BlackBerry 10, Who Bought in the Third Quarter
Research In Motion (RIMM) stock has suffered a 90-percent market cap deterioration over the last five years. The lowering price of the maker of the once-popular and innovative BlackBerry smartphone enticed some value investors into the stock. The third quarter was no exception. Read more...
Andreas Halvorsen's Top 5 Picks: IVZ, C, TWC, YUM, SHW
Andreas Halvorsen is founder and chief investment officer of Viking Global Investors. Norwegian Halvorsen launched Viking Global at the end of 1999 with former Tiger Management Fund employees David Ott and Brian Olson. Read more...
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Gurus Bought This Oil & Gas Marketer Spin-off
On Jan. 31, 2011, Marathon Oil Company (MRO) announced the spin off of refining, pipeline and marketing operations. The decision gave birth to Marathon Petroleum (MPC) and was carried out completely by July 1 of the same year. After six months of stable market performance, the stock saw great improvements throughout 2012, before entering a declining trend on the second half of the following year. More...


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Why This Satellite Radio Company Still Has Room for Growth
Keeping up in the radio satellite industry can be very tough, especially since technological advances took over consumer habits. Pioneer System, for example, recently launched a new car radio that supports Internet radio, and additionally recognizes Pandora Media Inc. (P)’s settings from Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhones or iPods, thereby customizing users’ music station automatically. Furthermore, iTunes' online radio service has also become a major industry player, especially among young drivers. This increasingly fragmented scenario has caused some damage among established firms, such as SIRIUS XM Holdings Inc. (SIRI), which lost over 22,000 net subscribers in fourth quarter fiscal 2013. However, many investment gurus, like Leon Cooperman (Trades, Portfolio) and Andreas Halvorsen (Trades, More...


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This Stock Escaped Deepwater Horizon and Continues to Grow
British Petroleum (BP) and Transocean (RIG) are the visible face of the Deepwater Horizon incident that occurred in April 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico. The first it because it was the operator of the platform at the moment of the explosion. The second company provided the platform used for the extraction of oil. However, oil and gas production involves the participation of many more businesses sharing responsibility for one single operation. More often than not, one oil and gas site will involve the participation of an exploration and production, a drilling, and equipment and services firm. And a good relationship between the three is a must for a successful production. That is what seems to have been absent at Deepwater Horizon, as BP and Transocean bore most responsibility, with both claiming Cameron International (CAM) escaped much of the public criticism. More...


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The Wireless Giant
As the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., Verizon Comunications Inc. (VZ) has an impressive geographical coverage of 95% of the U.S., serving 25% of its population. VZ’s reputation regarding networks without interruptions aids a strong economic moat and its customers' loyalty. Based on high cash flow levels, unmatched investment projects and comparative advantages to AT&T Communications Inc. (T), VZ offers the best wireless service in the U.S. More...


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Halvorsen Comes Head-to-Head with Cooperman Over Eastman Chemical
There is a certain fun about following gurus’ actions, especially when their actions disagree. That has been the case between Andreas Halvorsen (Trades, Portfolio) and Leon Cooperman (Trades, Portfolio). The first was the largest shareholder with 5,784,190 shares, until selling 91% of the position in the open market last December. On the other hand, Cooperman increased his holding by 12% during the same period to a total of 2,070,781 shares. He is now the largest shareholder, followed by David Tepper (Trades, Portfolio) More...


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Constellation Brands and the Post-Acquisition Revival
The past market developments have shown us that the spirit and beer industry are always preferable investments compared to the lower margin wine industry. Thus, in the past I’ve recommended investing in companies like Beam Inc. (BEAM), Diageo Plc (ADR) (DEO) or Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA (ADR) (BUD). However, there is one total alcohol company, known for its premium wine brands Robert Mondavi, Ravenswood and Arbor Mist, which has turned from a slow paced uncertain stock, to an interesting investment option. The talk is of Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ), and investment gurus Andreas Halvorsen (Trades, Portfolio) and Eric Mindich (Trades, Portfolio)’s recent acquisition More...


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H&R Block: Debt Analysis
Over the past few weeks I have been watching the developments of the banking and tax service 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 H&R Block Inc. (HRB). Its tax service segment assists income tax return preparations, in addition to providing digital tax solutions and other related services to the general public in the U.S., Canada and Australia. More...


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Top Five Guru-Held Consumer Cyclical Stocks of the Fourth Quarter Andreas Halvorsen,Steve Mandel - Top Five Guru-Held Consumer Cyclical Stocks Of The Fourth Quarter
Using the GuruFocus Aggregated Portfolio Screener you can filter results to see what companies maintain the highest amount of guru ownership. By using this screener, we filtered down to see which consumer cyclical companies are held by the most gurus. As of the fourth quarter, the following five companies are held by the largest number of gurus. More...

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Placing All Bets: And the Winner Is Melco Crown
Operating a casino in China’s Macao market can be highly beneficial, given the limited six licenses available for casinos and resorts. With industry giants like Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) or Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN) running the gambling circuit, it can be tough for a smaller competitor to enter the market and be successful. However, the Hong Kong-based casino operator, Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. (MPEL), is one of Macao’s six crown jewels and should be one of the most exciting companies for investors looking to gain long term profits. Thus, investment gurus George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) and Andreas Halvorsen (Trades, Portfolio) bought over 300,000 company shares each last More...


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Adobe Is Offering More Pricing Options and Flexibility to Consumers, But Is It Really Enough?
On Dec. 31, Lee Ainslie (Trades, Portfolio) reported adding to Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE). So let's take a look at this company in an industry that is highly competitive and characterized by rapid changes in technologies and software and in customer preferences. More...


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An American Casino Reaps Profits on Asian Soil
The casino industry can be one of the most rewarding business segments for investors seeking high returns on capital and long-term profits. Investment gurus Andreas Halvorsen (Trades, Portfolio) and Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) recently bought fair amounts of Las Vegas Sand Corp (LVS) shares, probably due to the company’s strong performance in the past years. Sand Corp is the world’s largest operator of integrated resorts, with a blend of casino, hotel, entertainment, food, beverage, retail and convention centre operations. Some of the most famous company-owned venues include Sands Macao, Venetian Macao, Sands Cotai Central and Four Seasons Hotel Macao in China, as well as the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore More...


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BlackBerry: A Sharp Drop-Off in Units Sold in a Huge Smartphone Market
On Jan. 8, Prem Watsa (Trades, Portfolio) (Trades, Portfolio) reported adding to BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY). So let's take a look at this company in an industry that is highly competitive and characterized by rapid changes in technologies and in customer preferences. More...


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Top Five Consumer Cyclical Stocks of the Third Quarter Andreas Halvorsen,Frank Sands - Top Five Consumer Cyclical Stocks Of The Third Quarter
Using the GuruFocus Aggregated Portfolio Screener you can filter results to see what companies maintain the highest amount of guru ownership. By using this screener, we filtered down to see which consumer cyclical companies are held by the most gurus. As of the third quarter, the following five companies are held by the largest number of gurus. More...

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Hedge Fund Managers Seem to Be Entertained
On Sept. 30, top hedge fund managers added The Walt Disney Company (DIS) to their portfolios. The company, with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise and operates through five segments: More...


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Halvorsen v. Robbins: Gurus’ Refining Picks
Industry leading integrated oil and gas companies have seen a performance slowdown as volumes in downstream operations declined. The impact, in some cases, was so important that improvements in the upstream segment were offset. However, demand is expected to rise through 2017, offering a good opportunity to analyze oil and gas refining companies. In this case, I will look at Valero Energy (VLO) and Phillips 66 (PSX). More...


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5 Guru Stocks Near 52 Week Lows
It’s no secret that even the best investors look to other investors as a source for ideas. More...

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Construction Stocks and Public Spending
While the recent state of construction activity has been weak, the outlook is encouraging, in particular for infrastructure. Generally, public sector spending is much more stable than the private sector because the public construction projects are less affected by general economic cycles. Let’s look at three different stocks that could add value to your portfolio. More...


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The Seed Segment: Monsanto vs. Syngenta
The battle on the field continues. Monsanto (MON) and Syngenta (SYT) are expected to enter the seed business with a strong bid. Both companies stand at the top of the agricultural inputs industry, and continue to look for ways to improve performance. Let us see what some gurus think about their future prospects, and if they see them fit for a long term investment. More...


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Hunger Games, 22 Billionaires Hold Monsanto as GMO Food Fight Continues Andreas Halvorsen,John Hussman - Hunger Games, 22 Billionaires Hold Monsanto As GMO Food Fight Continues
The world’s largest seed company, Monsanto Company (MON), is at the very core of the genetically modified food debate that divides millions over the pending world food supply. Monsanto’s products and technologies are central to the ongoing safety and ethics debate of genetically engineered and genetically modified foods, and the “terminator” seed. Monsanto’s use of biotechnology and seed patents is often critiqued in the media and by various organic foods and consumer associations. More...


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CEO of Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. Leonard Bell Sold 140,000 Shares
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients with severe and ultra-rare disorders through the innovation, development and commercialization of life-transforming therapeutic products. The company has a market cap of $20.53 billion; its shares were traded at around $105.00 with a P/E ratio of 59.52 and P/S ratio of 15.89. Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 70.6% over the past five years. More...

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ReplyGoforit - 3 weeks ago
How are premium members of GuruFocus supposed to evaluate the list of Gurus when more often than not there is no historical performance records. Most of the time the "profile/performance" tab does not have anything on performance. Why not? Maybe it should just be called the "profile" tab. This is very frustrating.

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