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George Soros Keeps Buying

March 15, 2013 | About:

With a net worth of $19.2 billion, legendary investor Guru George Soros, founder of the best-performing hedge fund of all time, now manages his personal and family fortune as well as multibillion-dollar philanthropic endowments under the Soros Fund Management. Selling over half of his gold holdings at the end of 2012, the 82-year-old trader-philanthropist has a portfolio valued at $8.36 billion at the end of the fourth quarter, with 179 stocks, of which 61 are new additions. According to GuruFocus, the stocks on Soros’ keeps-buying list are Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE:DAL) and technology patent portfolio manager Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTG), among others.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

Energized after its acquisition of company Depuy Synthes for $21.3 billion last summer, maker of orthopedic trauma devices such as screws, plates and bone grafts to treat skeletal injuries, healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) shares have reached a new 52-week high, climbing 16% over the last five weeks.

George Soros owns 2,589,022 shares of JNJ, a 125-year-old company. His shares are valued at $181 million as of Dec. 31, 2012, which accounts for 2.2% of his equity portfolio. Soros added his positions in the Sept. 30, 2012 quarter by 1557.29%, and again in the December 31, 2012 quarter by 0.79%.

Johnson & Johnson reported its full-year sales in 2012 as $67.2 billion, increased 3.4%. Its fourth quarter sales were $17.6 billion. The company has a market cap of $221.11 billion; its stock's current price is $78.86. Johnson & Johnson had an annual average earnings growth of 6.3% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Johnson & Johnson the business predictability rank of 3-star.

Johnson & Johnson has a P/E ratio of 20, a P/B of 3.4 and a P/S ratio of 3.3.

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Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE:DAL)

With airlines Delta, Spirit and Alaska up around 35% and DAL reaching a 52-week high, Soros owns 9,611,500 shares of DAL, valued as $114 million as of Dec. 31, 2012. His DAL holdings account for 1.4% of his equity portfolio. Soros added his position in the Sept. 30, 2012 quarter by 1,140%, and again in the Dec. 31, 2012 quarter by 55.02%.

Delta Air Lines, after merging with Northwest Airlines in 2008, is the world's largest airline. The company’s airline provides scheduled air transportation for about 160 million passengers and cargo per year. The company has a market cap of $13.86 billion; the current share price is $15.96.

Delta Air Lines reported fourth quarter 2012 revenues of $8.6 billion, slightly above projection, and has a P/E ratio of 13.6 and a P/S ratio of 0.4.

His holding history:

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Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTG)

A leader in technology patent licensing, Acacia Research Corporation makes up 1.2% of the Soros portfolio as of Dec. 31, 2012.

Partnering with inventors and patent owners, Acacia Research Corporation’s subsidiaries license the patents to corporate users. The company controls over 250 patent portfolios, covering the latest technologies used in a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas, telecommunications and computers.

Soros owns 3,975,645 shares of ACTG, valued as $102 million as of Dec. 31, 2012. Soros added his positions in the Sept. 30, 2012 quarter by 20.8%, and again in the Dec. 31, 2012 quarter by 1.6%.

Acacia Research Corporation has a market cap of $1.39 billion; the current price of shares is $28.17.

The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, a P/B of 2.24 and a P/S ratio of 5.4.

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Here is the complete portfolio of George Soros.

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