Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn

Last Update: 2014-12-17

Number of Stocks: 21
Number of New Stocks: 1

Total Value: $33,634 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 7%

Countries: USA
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Carl Icahn' s Profile & Performance


Carl Icahn is an activist investor. He takes minority stakes in public companies and typically pushes for change. He invests with three investment vehicles: the 7 billion hedge fund, Icahn Partners, American Real Estate Partners (AREP), a public traded private equity firm, and ICAHN MANAGEMENT LP, a $2 billion hedge fund. GuruFocus tracks the third portfolio, which covers all the stocks owned by Icahn Partners. Mr. Icahn has a personal wealth of $17 billion.

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Investing Philosophy

Mr. Icahn buys beaten-down assets that nobody else wants, usually out of bankruptcy, then fixes them up and sells them when they are back in favor. Regarding to his style, explains Icahn: The consensus thinking is generally wrong. If you go with a trend, the momentum always falls apart on you. So I buy companies that are not glamorous and usually out of favor. It is even better if the whole industry is out of favor.

Total Holding History

Performance of Icahn Capital

YearReturn (%)S&P500 (%)Excess Gain (%)
3-Year Cumulative111.8 (28.4%/year)55 (15.7%/year)56.8 (12.7%/year)
5-Year Cumulative225.2 (26.6%/year)125.5 (17.7%/year)99.7 (8.9%/year)

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Activist Investor Carl Icahn on Genzyme Deal
Carl Icahn is famous for being an activist investor, where he buys a big stake in a corporation that enables him to influence the board. He has said, “I make all these billions because there are so many companies with problems that can be easily fixed.” So he is one kind of investor who involves himself in the decision making process of the company. He comes in and restructures/fixes the company's problems to drive its share price much higher. Read more...
Guinness Peat - Value Contest
Guinness Peat Group (GPG) dominates its industry, is managed in the interest of shareholders, is financially strong and most importantly, it can be bought at a huge discount to its fair value. Read more...
Talks of Carl Icahn Getting a Piece of Herbalife, Joining Loeb in Long Position
After fellow activist investor, Daniel Loeb set off the media earlier this week with his declaration to obtain a long position in Herbalife (HLF), a company that Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman just shorted weeks ago, corporate raiding Guru Carl Icahn has been reported yesterday afternoon of joining Loeb in taking a piece of the action. Read more...
Carl Icahn Publishes Letter to Investors and Comments on CIT Group Inc., Motorola Inc., Biogen Idec Inc., Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. Carl Icahn Publishes Letter to Investors and Comments on Holdings
Carl Icahn is known for his activist investing. Thanks to Zerohedge who made a copy of Icahn 4Q09 Letter to Icahn Partners LP Investors available at One can get a glimpse of what’s happened with his investments and what goes on in his mind. GuruFocus tracks Icahn Capital Management’s long equity position. As of December 31, 2009, we record 2.87 $billion allocated among 18 stocks. We know Icahn manages far more money than this amount. As disclosed in his letter (Page 3), long equity position is only 15.4% of the total portfolio. The rest is long credit (34.6%), short equity and short credit. His investment performance has been good: since inception of 2004, the partnership returned a total of 41.3%, beating S&P500’s 5.9%. In 2009, the partnership returned 31.9%, also beating S&P 500. Read more...
Activist Investor Carl Icahn Bought Into Chesapeake Energy
Activist billionaire investor Carl Icahn just reported that his funds have bought an aggregate amount of 50 million shares of Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which is about 7.56% of total shares outstanding. Carl Icahn started to buy the shares on April 19 at $18 a share and has added to the positions as the stock prices collapsed to around $14. His last purchase was on yesterday, May 24. His average cost is about $15.7 a share. Today Chesapeake stock closed at $15.99. Read more...
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Carl Icahn Sees Opportunities in the Oil Sector
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2013’s Guru of the Year – Carl Icahn’s Top 5 Stocks Carl Icahn,Jim Simons - 2013’s Guru Of The Year – Carl Icahn’s Top 5 Stocks
GuruFocus’ Guru of the Year for 2013 reported his first quarter portfolio holdings this week which highlighted 21 stocks valued at over $33.634 billion. This is quite a bit lower from the company’s second quarter stocks which were valued at $38.53 billion. Over the past quarter the guru bought into one new company, Hertz Global Holding (HTZ) and reduced his holdings in only one – Netflix (NFLX). More...

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Carl Icahn Calls for Correction; On High Yield bond, Apple (AAPL) buy backs. Carl Icahn - Carl Icahn Calls For Correction; On High Yield Bond, Apple (AAPL) Buy Backs.
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Not all MLPs beholden to oil prices
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Carl Icahn Is Quite "Concerned" That Something Is Going To Happen To The Stock Market Carl Icahn - Carl Icahn Is Quite
Icahn was busy yesterday also sitting down with CNBC. Some of his observations include: More...

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Buybacks: The Rationale and the Evidence Carl Icahn - Buybacks: The Rationale And The Evidence
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Book Review: Deep Value
I really enjoyed Toby Carlisle's latest, Deep Value. There are a lot of books that offer compelling stories, but to my mind the plural of anecdote is not statistic. On the other hand, books heavy on the stats tend to bore their readers to sleep. For me, Deep Value was the perfect blend of real-life investing stories combined with the stats necessary to make for a convincing argument. More...

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Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) Chairman of Icahn Enterprices (IEP) has bee on a roll as of late when it comes to his activist campaigns. He coming off his recent successful campaign to get Family Dollar (FDO) management to put the company up for sale.He recently sold his stake for a $200 million profit. Now he has set his sights onto Hertz (HTZ) and Gannett Co. Inc (GCI) where he quickly got involved with Hertz and still hasn't said what he wants or why he has taken a stake in Gannett. It is clear that, at 78, Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) isn't slowing down his campaign against bad corporate governance or his public relations campaign for reforms in corporate governance. More...


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In this article let's take a look at Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio), the well-recognized billionaire, who yesterday disclosed in a regulatory filing that he had accumulated a 8.48% stake in Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ), a $13.56 billion market cap, which engages in both car and equipment rental businesses primarily in the U.S. and internationally. More...

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Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) purchased 38.8 million shares, representing an 8.48% stake, of Hertz Global Holdings Inc. (HTZ) throughout June, July and August, according to GuruFocus Real Time Picks. More...

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The Fact that Icahn is Long on Nuance Makes Me Feel Bullish
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Carl Icahn Bets on Hologic; Should You?
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User Comments

ReplyBashe - 5 months ago
you got Icahn going from 6 million to 104 million you guys charge us for information you got to get the numbers right. does anyone there read the stuff you post?
ReplyRobertbradf@google - 1 year ago
Icahn is known for acquiring large stakes in companies with the intent of changing their corporate strategies.
ReplyTnguye48 - 1 year ago
Is APPLE missing in this portfolio?

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