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GAMCO Investors' Top Buys in Q2 2015

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Aug 09, 2015
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At the end of the second quarter of 2015, the hedge fund Gamco Investors Inc. reported a total value of its portfolio of $18.4 billion with a decrease of 3.16% since the previous quarter.

During Q2 2015, the hedge fund bought 41 new stocks and increased 176 stakes. The following are the most heavily weighted buys of U.S. companies during the quarter.


It bought 5,217,109 shares of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. (AJRD) with an impact of 0.58% on its portfolio. The company is a manufacturer of aerospace and defense products and systems along with a real estate segment that includes activities related to the re-zoning, entitlement, sale, and leasing of its excess real estate assets.

The stock is trading with a very high P/E(ttm) ratio of 129.50 that is ranked lower than every of other companies in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry, and the price has risen by 22% during the last 12 months, and by 15% during the last 10 years.

The company has profitability and growth rated 6/10; it has positive returns with a ROA of 0.75% that is underperforming 60% of the other companies in the same industry.

The main guru holding shares of the company is

Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) with 8.28% of shares outstanding, followed by John Keeley (Trades, Portfolio) with 2.99% and Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.59%.


It bought 413,050 shares of Pall Corp (PLL) with an impact of 0.28% on its portfolio. The Company supplies filtration, separation and purification technologies. Its products are used to remove solid, liquid and gaseous contaminants from a variety of liquids and gases. Its serves its customers through two businesses: Life Sciences and Industrial.

The stock is trading with a very high P/E(ttm) ratio of 35.60 that is ranked lower than 70% of other companies in the Global Diversified Industrials industry, and the price has risen by 60% during the last 12 months, and by 325% during the last 10 years.

The company has profitability and growth rated 8/10; it has positive returns with a ROA of 10.41% and a ROE of 22.89% that are outperforming 88% of the other companies in the same industry.

The main guru holding shares of the company is

Columbia Wanger (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.03% of shares outstanding, followed by Meridian Funds (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.62% and Ron Baron (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.56%.


It bought 682,560 shares of Dealertrack Holdings Inc. (TRAK) with an impact of 0.23% on its portfolio. The Company and its web-based software solutions and services enhance efficiency and profitability for all segments of the automotive retail industry, including dealers, lenders, OEMs, third-party retailers, aftermarket providers and other service providers.

The stock is trading with a forward P/E ratio of 34.60 that is ranked lower than 67% of other companies in the Global Internet Content & Information industry, and the price has risen by 60% during the last 12 months, and by 223% during the last 10 years.

The company has profitability and growth rated 6/10; returns are slightly negative with a ROA of -1.25% and a ROE of -2.61% that are underperforming 62% of the other companies in the same industry.

The main guru holding shares of the company is

Mariko Gordon (Trades, Portfolio) with 3.59% of shares outstanding, followed by Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.25%.


It bought 408,800 shares of Omnicare Inc. (OCR) with an impact of 0.21% on its portfolio. It is a healthcare services company that specializes in the management of complex pharmaceutical care. The Company operates two primary businesses, Long-Term Care Group and Specialty Care Group. Through Long-Term Care Group, the Company provides pharmaceuticals and related pharmacy services to long-term care facilities as well as chronic care facilities and other settings.

The stock is trading with a P/E(ttm) ratio of 60.50 that is ranked lower than 87% of other companies in the Global Medical Care industry, and the price has risen by 57% during the last 12 months, and by 112% during the last 10 years.

The company has profitability and growth rated 7/10; returns are slightly positive with a ROA of 2.71% and a ROE of 6.58% that are underperforming 58% of the other companies in the same industry.

The main guru holding shares of the company is James Barrow (Trades, Portfolio) with 3.05% of shares outstanding, followed by

First Eagle Investment (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.87% and Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.72%.


It bought 745,000 shares of Altera Corp (ALTR) with an impact of 0.21% on its portfolio. It designs and sells programmable logic devices, HardCopy application-specific integrated circuit devices, power system-on-chip devices, pre-defined design building blocks known as intellectual property cores, and associated development tools.

The stock is trading with a P/E(ttm) ratio of 38.70 that is ranked lower than 79% of other companies in the Global Semiconductors industry, and the price has risen by 50% during the last 12 months, and by 122% during the last 10 years.

The company has profitability and growth rated 7/10; returns are slightly positive with a ROA of 6.84% and a ROE of 11.86% that are outperforming 71% of the other companies in the same industry.

The main guru holding shares of the company is

PRIMECAP Management (Trades, Portfolio) with 4.44% of shares outstanding, followed by First Eagle Investment (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.36% and Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.25%.

Other Buys

The hedge fund also increased its stakes as follow: Xylem Inc (XYL) by 9%, Republic Services Inc (RSG) by 9%, Media General Inc (MEG) by 6%, Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp (FDML) by 8% and Graco Inc (GGG) by 9%.

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