Bill Ackman

Bill Ackman

Last Update: 02-17-2015

Number of Stocks: 7
Number of New Stocks: 1

Total Value: $16,043 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 20%

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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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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Herbalife And Bill Ackman Blame Game Bill Ackman, Carl Ichan - Herbalife And Bill Ackman Blame Game
Last week Herbalife Limited (HLF) garnered media attention owing to a public spat about market manipulation of the stock on CNBC by activist investor Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio). He had come on the show to defend himself against the charges of trying to downplay the stock and negatively impact its movement. There are allegations against him of trying to manipulate Herballife stock in order to bring the stock price down. The allegation also states that the market may have been manipulated or influenced by Ackman to impact the stock price of Herbalife in a negative way. He has been accused of directly and indirectly making false statements to the regulators and urging them to conduct a probe on Herbalife and in turn drive down the stock price. More...

HERBALIFE, BILL ACKMAN, PERSHING SQUARE, MARKET MANIPULATION, EPS, STOCK PRICE MOVEMENT, ALLEGATIONS, PROBE, BUSINESS OUTLOOK, INVESTMENT IDEA


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Analyzing Bill Ackman's Top Holdings: Air Products and Chemicals Bill Ackman - Analyzing Bill Ackman's Top Holdings: Air Products And Chemicals
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, Air Products and Chemicals, Bill Ackman


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Bill Ackman: Carl Icahn Is Stuck with Herbalife Bill Ackman,Carl Icahn - Bill Ackman: Carl Icahn Is Stuck With Herbalife
Pershing Capital Management Founder and CEO Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) spoke with FOX Business Network’s (FBN) Deirdre Bolton regarding the recent report that federal prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are probing potential market manipulation of Herbalife. On whether Herbalife can clean up their act, Ackman said, “there is no future for Herbalife as a legal company,” and, “I have a lot of confidence in the Department of Justice.” Ackman goes on to say, “we are totally open to full and fair look into details,” and that the senior management at Herbalife “knows they are running a pyramid scheme.” On Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio)’s relationship with Herbalife Ackman said, “I think [url=http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Carl+Icahn]Carl More...

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Bill Ackman's Interview With Bloomberg Regarding Herbalife Bill Ackman - Bill Ackman's Interview With Bloomberg Regarding Herbalife
STEPHANIE RUHLE: Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) of Pershing Square is on the phone with us. Bill, I want to start with you, on the record, let’s just make it clear, have you, your firm, or anyone you currently or HAVE previously employed been contacted or subpoenaed by the justice department or the FBI? More...

Bill Ackman, Interview, Herbalife, Pershing Square


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Bill Ackman is keeping on buying Zoetis Bill Ackman - Bill Ackman Is Keeping On Buying Zoetis
Bill 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. More...

LONG


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Bill Ackman Describes The Impact Activists Have On Businesses Bill Ackman - Bill Ackman Describes The Impact Activists Have On Businesses
Are activist investors the friend of the long term shareholder or simply predators looking to make a fast buck? More...

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Activist Investor Bill Ackman's Newest Additions to His Portfolio Bill Ackman - Activist Investor Bill Ackman's Newest Additions To His Portfolio
Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. is known for being an activist investor as well as a philanthropist. Ackman, along with guru Bruce Berkowitz (Trades, Portfolio) and Joseph Steinberg, donated funds to the Center for Jewish History. It was the largest gift the center has ever received. Ackman alone donated almost $7 million because his family says, "we want our children to know, not only their living relatives, but those representing past generations for a greater connection to their family and ancestral origin and heritage." More...

ACTIVIST INVESTOR, VALUE INVESTING, WARREN BUFFETT, BILL GATES, PHILANTHROPY, CHARITY, STOCKS


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How Good is Your Argument? Bill Ackman, Seth Klarman, Kyle Bass - How Good Is Your Argument?
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GM,VRX, BILL ACKMAN, BILL NYGREN, THIRD AVENUE, CHARLIE MUNGER, MENTAL MODEL, SETH KLARMAN, HOWARD MARKS


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Herbalife's Faceoff Against Financial Market Coup
Globally known MLM based healthcare product maker Herbalife (HLF) has some major players in finance betting against the company due to its controversial practices. Ever since the US dollar had been gaining in strength since November 2014 versus other major currencies, and also the news of pending probes against the company coming to light, the stock seems to be going downhill. After Herbalife had posted its below-expected earning of Q3 2014, analysts like Timothy Ramey of Pivotal Research Group, has come down heavily to cut down on estimates of the stock price, from $110 to $75. The EPS estimates have been cropped as well, going from $1.34 to $1.22, alongside the 2015 full-year estimates, going down from $5.50 to $5.00. The net income from Q3 2014 went down by as much as 92%, owing to the pre-tax charges it faces from the reassessment of audit of assets and liabilities in the Venezuelan Bolivar. In short, there are problems all around. More...

HERBALIFE, AMWAY, MLM, SEC, FTC, FINANCIAL ANTE, BUSINESS STRATEGY, INVESTMENT OUTLOOK


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Bill Ackman: Interview Transcripts Part 1
STEPHANIE RUHLE, HOST: Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio), would you have guessed it, he is just a laugh riot over here? Bill, you just left the stage. You were sitting down with Ray Dalio (Trades, Portfolio). And for me watching two iconic investors sort of go through their investment practice was extraordinary. What did you learn from Ray? More...

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Patsysherry725
ReplyPatsysherry725 - 1 month ago
this is definitely very important than other things. I always try to read prominent and major headlines.
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Gm1
ReplyGm1 - 7 months ago
Dear Sirs / Madams,

I am so interested in Pershing Square, would you please advise me its performance and cost? Thank you.

GM
Samchell@yahoo
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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