Bill Ackman

Bill Ackman

Last Update: 05-15-2015

Number of Stocks: 8
Number of New Stocks: 2

Total Value: $14,970 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 29%

Countries: USA
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Bill Ackman' s Profile & Performance

Profile

William Ackman, co-investment manager for hedge-fund group Gotham Partners LP, formed Pershing Square in November 2003 with $54 million raised from three investors. Ackman got his start in the real estate business, where he worked for his father prior to starting Gotham.

Investing Philosophy

Bill Ackman is an activist investor. He buys the common stocks of public companies, and pushes for changes so that the market can realize the values of the companies. Ackman buys stocks trading at a discount, and sells when the companies reach their appraised value.

Total Holding History

Performance of Pershing Square LP fund

YearReturn (%)S&P500 (%)Excess Gain (%)
201029.715.0614.6
2008-13-3724.0

Top Ranked Articles

Bill Ackman Interview With Bloomberg
“Bank of America is attractive at the current price” Read more...
Competence, Margin of Safety or Financial Strength?
People are more likely to believe things they want to believe. At the same time people think that they are objective. A way to get out of this predicament is to look at the evidence and try to come up with a justification which would convince them that they should either reject the evidence or find a subset of evidence which is comforting. Read more...
Bill Ackman - Pershing Square 3Q 2011 Shareholder Letter; discussing JCP, FO, FBHS, FDO, GGP, C, CP
Dear Pershing Square Investor: Read more...
Gramercy Capital (GKK): A Graham Stock Wrapped in a Mystery
The investment analysis below is our twelfth in our series of guest posts, and is brought to you by friend of the blog PlanMaestro of the fantastic Variant Perceptions. We will keep the intro quick but safe to say we are honored to bring our readers Plan’s latest write-up on Gramercy Capital (GKK), which is as insightful and illuminating as we have come to expect from one of our favorite investors. In typical PlanMaestro fashion, we have decided to post the thesis in three parts, the first of which is below. Enjoy! Read more...
Bill Ackman's Full Presentation on the HKD
Bill Ackman gave a presentation yesterday at the Delevering Alpha Conference. Read more...
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The Latest Investing Moves by Seven Masters of the Universe Warren Buffett,Bill Ackman - The Latest Investing Moves By Seven Masters Of The Universe
45 days after quarter end, large institutional investors have to report their holdings to the SEC, which are then made available to the investing public. So as of late last week, we now have updated visibility into the trading machinations of the masters of the universe. More...

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Paul Tudor Jones Adds To Position in CSX Corp
Paul Tudor Jones (Trades, Portfolio) is the president and founder of Tudor Investment Corporation. He is one of the most successful investors of current times. Last quarter, he increased his stake in CSX Corporation (CSX) by buying 142,379 shares. As of March 31, he held 325,494 shares of the company. More...

LONG, TRANSPORTATION


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A Look at Bill Ackman’s Investment in Air Products Bill Ackman - A Look At Bill Ackman’s Investment In Air Products
Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) is known for his activist approach. He buys the common stocks of public companies, and pushes for changes so that the market can realize the values of the companies. Ackman buys stocks trading at a discount, and sells when the companies reach their appraised value. More...

LONG, INDUSTRIALS


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Bill Ackman Adds Two Positions to Portfolio in 1QFY15 Bill Ackman - Bill Ackman Adds Two Positions To Portfolio In 1QFY15
Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) added two new positions to his portfolio, according to GrurFocus Real Time Picks. The new additions bring his number of stocks to a total of eight and valued around $14.97 billion. His portfolio's quarter-over-quarter turnover is 29%. More...

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Ackman on Valeant Pharma: The Next Berkshire Hathaway?
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX) is a specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company that develops, manufactures, and markets a range of generic and branded generic pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter products and medical devices. Under the control of CEO Michael Pearson, Valeant’s aggressive new acquisition strategy has been executed close to perfection. More...

BIOTECH, PHARMA, VALUE INVESTING, Bill Ackman, Valeant, Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway


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Canadian Pacific’s Stock Corrects In Spite Of Good Results
Canadian Pacific’s (CP) stock has corrected ~10% since mid-April despite posting good last-quarter results. While the company’s revenues were in line, its Q1 EPS of C$2.26 was better than estimates by C$0.07. CP's operating ratio was an impressive 63.2% in Q1. The main reason behind the recent correction is cautious commentary by other railroad companies. I believe it is incorrect to club Canadian Pacific with other rail road companies as it is really doing a good job in terms of improving its operations. Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio), who has a sizable stake in the company, recently More...

LONG, TRANSPORTATION


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Air Product’s CEO Continues Buying The Stock Bill Ackman - Air Product’s CEO Continues Buying The Stock
Air Products and Chemicals (APD) is one of the current activist targets of Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) and he currently holds 20,549,076 shares of the company. In addition to Bill Ackman, the company’s CEO - Seifollah Ghasemi – also seems very upbeat about the company’s prospects and is actively buying its shares. On May 1, 2015, he bought 20,000 shares of the company. In total, he has purchased 135,000 shares of the company since he became the CEO. He is the person in charge of turnaround and his buy back activity makes me bullish on the company. More...

LONG


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Baby Buffett - Will Bill Ackman Resurrect The Ghost Of Howard Hughes And Build A Corporate Empire?
Bill Ackman bounds onto the stage in the ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in midtown Manhattan in front of hundreds of his peers: the crème de la crème of hedge funds, law firms, endowments and large pension funds. It’s early April, and Ackman is determined to give the Active-Passive Investor Summit a preview of what he internally calls “Pershing Square 2.0″: his rebirth as a kinder, gentler investor, more focused on building companies that last than on making quick trading profits. More...

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Bill Ackman's Ira Sohn Presentation – Long Jarden, Platform Specialty Products and Valeant
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Weekly CEO Buys Highlight: APD, OPK, ASPS, ADTN, NSA
According to GuruFocus Insider Data, these are the largest CEO buys during the past week. The overall trend of CEOs is illustrated in the chart below: More...

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Bill Ackman Is Still 100% Confident In His Herbalife Short Bill Ackman - Bill Ackman Is Still 100% Confident In His Herbalife Short
Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) is famously short Herbalife (HLF). More...

Bill Ackman, Herbalife, Video


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Bill Ackman May Buy This Railroad Company
CSX Corporation (CSX) is in the news recently due to rumours of Bill Ackman acquiring a sizable stake in the company. The company's stock has seen unusual stock price movements and options activity of late. UBS analyst pointed out that recent volume trend and stock performance of CSX is similar to that of Canadian Pacific (CP) during September and October 2011 when Pershing Square was buying its stock. I believe CSX's stock offers a good value at current levels. Here's a look at the company in detail. More...

LONG, Bill Ackman


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Time To Call In The Shorts On Lumber Liquidators
Here’s an interesting company that some consider the Walmart of flooring, selling really low quality (and cheap) hardwood floors. The company has a network of around 318 Lumber Liquidators stores located throughout the United States and Canada. More...

LUMBER LIQUIDATORS, FORMALDEHYDE, ASBESTOS, LL, CHEAP STOCK


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Fannie And Freddie: Flirting With Re-Privatization
For the last few year's there has been a quest by top value investors like Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) and Bruce Berkowitz (Trades, Portfolio) to get the government to give all of the profits Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) back to the shareholders. A Whaton real estate professer has written a paper on Fannie and Freddie laying out that it may look like nothing is happening with the two firms, but a lot is happening. She did an interview with the Knowledge @ Whaton where she discussed Fannie and Freddie in detail. More...

FANNIE,FREDDIE,PRIVATIZATION,VALUE INVESTING,HOUSING,MORTGAGE


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Herbalife Feud with Bill Ackman Continues
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INSIDER TRADING, Herbalife, Bill Ackman


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Valeant Finally Bags Salix for $11 Billion
After much of a clout about who will acquire Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP), Canadian Drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Ltd (VRX) completed the purchase for $11 billion last Wednesday. More...

SALIX PHARMACEUTICALS, VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS, ENDO PHARMACEUTICAL, MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS, MICHAEL PEARSON, BILL ACKMAN, BUSINESS STRATEGY, INVERSIONS, LAYOFFS, BUSINESS OUTLOOK


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Everything You Need To Know About Investing And Finance In Under An Hour – Courtesy of Bill Ackman Bill Ackman - Everything You Need To Know About Investing And Finance In Under An Hour – Courtesy Of Bill Ackman
Four years in business school or less than an hour on the internet? More...

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Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Holdings 2014 Annual Report
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Three Activist Targets of Bill Ackman That Are Also Seeing Insider Buying
Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) has one of the best investing track records in the world. He is known for his activist approach. He buys the common stocks of public companies and pushes for changes so that the market can realize the values of the companies. Ackman buys stocks trading at a discount and sells when the companies reach their appraised value. More...

LONG


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Analyzing Bill Ackman's Top Holdings: Canadian Pacific Bill Ackman - Analyzing Bill Ackman's Top Holdings: Canadian Pacific
Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) has one of the best investing track records in the world. He is known for his activist approach. He buys the common stocks of public companies, and pushes for changes so that the market can realize the values of the companies. Ackman buys stocks trading at a discount, and sells when the companies reach their appraised value. More...

LONG, INDUSTRIALS, Bill Ackman, Canadian Pacific


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ReplySamchell@yahoo - 1 year ago
Some stocks are best evaluated by hands-on personal empiricism. After going into a Walgreen's store, it's manifestly clear where it ranks compared to CVS or Rite Aid. As for Ackman's attraction to Mondelez, perhaps he likes some of the company's snack items, and no doubt enough other consumers will share his taste to move the stock in a positive direction. But anyone looking for more something more dramatic would be better advised to take note of the population's compulsive consumption of Hershey products. (Twizzler's Twist 'n Pull Cherry Licorice is candy heroin.) Also, like Coke and Kleenex, Hershey's is a brand name that's synonymous with the product. (When's the last time your spouse asked you to go to Walgreen's to pick up a "Mondelez Bar"?) In short, investing is a game of guessing, supported by past predilections and indicators that "may" have a bearing on future results. But 50% of stock picking is playing hunches. Never ignore the intangibles as well as personal impressions--that's can't be charted or measured by most systems.

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