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Sydnee Gatewood
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Paul Singer Gains 9 New Holdings in 1st Quarter

Elliott Management’s 5 largest new buys

Elliott Management’s Paul Singer (Trades, Portfolio) gained nine new holdings in the first quarter. His top five new purchases are The Advisory Board Co. (NASDAQ:ABCO), Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. (NYSE:MJN), Monsanto Co. (NYSE:MON), Energen Corp. (NYSE:EGN) and C&J Energy Services Inc. (NYSE:CJ).

As an activist investor, Singer will take a significant position in underperforming companies in an attempt to help turn them around. His current portfolio is composed of 63 stocks valued at $13.2 billion.

Singer’s largest new holding for the quarter is a 2.03 million-share stake of The Advisory Board with a portfolio weight of 0.72%. He paid an average price of $44.14 per share.

The best practices consulting company has a market cap of $2.06 billion; its shares were trading around $50.85 on Thursday with a price-earnings (P/E) ratio of 20.6, a price-book (P/B) ratio of 3.8 and a price-sales (P/S) ratio of 2.6.

The Peter Lynch chart below shows the stock is trading above its fair value.

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With his purchase, Singer became the company’s largest guru shareholder with 5% of outstanding shares. In total, five other gurus also hold the stock.

Singer purchased 1.05 million shares of Mead Johnson for an average price of $82.24 per share, giving it 0.71% portfolio space.

The pediatric nutritional supplements manufacturer has a market cap of $16.4 billion; its shares were trading around $89.11 on Thursday with a P/E ratio of 28.02 and a P/S ratio of 4.5.

According to the Peter Lynch chart below, the stock is trading above its fair value.

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John Paulson (Trades, Portfolio) is the company’s largest shareholder among the gurus with 0.6% of outstanding shares. Nine other gurus have positions in Mead Johnson.

After exiting his position in Monsanto in third-quarter 2016, Singer established a new holding of 442,416 shares for an average price of $110.68. The trade expanded the portfolio 0.4%.

The agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology company has a market cap of $50.9 billion; its shares were trading around $116.14 per share on Thursday with a P/E ratio of 26.5, a P/B ratio of 9.2 and a P/S ratio of 3.5.

Based on the Peter Lynch chart below, the stock appears to be trading above its fair value.

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PRIMECAP Management (Trades, Portfolio) is Monsanto’s largest guru shareholder with 2.5% of outstanding shares. In all, 24 gurus own the stock.

Having previously closed his position in Energen in third-quarter 2016, Paulson bought 850,000 shares for an average price of $54.06 per share, expanding the portfolio 0.35%.

The oil and gas company has a market cap of $5.6 billion; its shares were trading around $57.61 per share on Thursday with a P/E ratio of 81.13, a P/B ratio of 1.7 and a P/S ratio of 8.7.

The Peter Lynch chart below indicates the stock is trading above its fair value.

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With his purchase, Singer became Energen’s largest shareholder among the gurus with 0.8% of outstanding shares. Seven other gurus also own the stock.

Singer bought 1.3 million shares of C&J Energy Services for an average price of $38.38 per share. The trade had an impact of 0.34% on the portfolio.

The oil well services provider has a market cap of $2.2 billion; its shares were trading around $34.98 on Thursday with a P/B ratio of 2.2 and a P/S ratio of 3.01.

The Peter Lynch chart below shows the stock is trading above its fair value.

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Singer became the largest guru shareholder of C&J Energy Services with his purchase. He holds 2.1% of outstanding shares. George Soros (Trades, Portfolio), Hotchkis & Wiley and Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio) also own the stock.

Singer’s other new buys for the quarter include GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:GTYHU), Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:MPACU), Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD) and Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE:NFX).

Disclosure: I do not own any stocks mentioned in the article.

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About the author:

Sydnee Gatewood
I am an editorial assistant at GuruFocus. I have a BA in journalism and an MA in mass communications from Texas Tech University. I have lived in Texas most of my life, but also have roots in New Mexico and Colorado. Follow me on Twitter! @gurusydneeg

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