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Tiziano Frateschi
Tiziano Frateschi
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Leucadia National Buys Aetna, Monsanto

Firm's largest buys of the 4th quarter

Leucadia National (Trades, Portfolio) increased many holdings and established several new positions in the fourth quarter.

The firm invested in 163,000 shares of Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET), expanding the portfolio by 2.25%.

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The diversified health care benefits company has a market cap of $57.56 billion and an enterprise value of $60.62 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 7 out of 10. Its return on equity of 12.10% and return on assets of 3.23% are underperforming 69% of companies in the Global Health Care Plans industry. Its financial strength is rated 6 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.69 is below the industry median of 1.61.

The company's largest shareholder among the gurus is the Vanguard Health Care Fund (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.24% of outstanding shares, followed by Chris Davis (Trades, Portfolio) with 1% and Larry Robbins (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.88%.

Leucadia established a new position in Monsanto Co. (MON), buying 246,403 shares. The holding was given 2.21% portfolio space.

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The agricultural company has a market cap of $54.23 billion and an enterprise value of $59.26 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 8 out of 10. Its ROE of 40.66% and ROA of 11.05% are outperforming 85% of companies in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry. Its financial strength is rated 6 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.38 is below the industry median of 0.49.

Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest shareholder among the gurus with 2.66% of outstanding shares, followed by PRIMECAP Management (Trades, Portfolio) with 2.48% and Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.65%.

The firm bought 186,200 shares of Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NASDAQ:SNI). The transaction had an impact of 1.22% on the portfolio.

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The media company has a market cap of $11.71 billion and an enterprise value of $14.44 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 9 out of 10. Its ROE of 25.95% and ROA of 9.77% are outperforming 85% of companies in the Global Broadcasting – TV industry. Its financial strength is rated 6 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.05 is below the industry median of 0.90.

With 0.73% of outstanding shares, Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Jeremy Grantham (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.41% and John Paulson (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.38%.

The firm bought 446,071 shares of Liberty Formula One Group (NASDAQ:FWONA), expanding the portfolio 1.12%.

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The company, which owns interests in media, communications and entertainment businesses, has a market cap of $7.72 billion and an enterprise value of $13.23 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 2 out of 10. While its ROE of 5.91% is outperforming the sector, its ROA of 2.46% is underperforming 68% of companies in the Global Broadcasting - TV industry. Its financial strength is rated 4 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.05 is above the industry median of 0.90.

The company's largest guru shareholder is Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.24% of outstanding shares, followed by Murray Stahl (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.13%.

Leucadia boosted its holding of Liberty Broadband Corp. (NASDAQ:LBRDA) by 99.09%, impacting the portfolio by 0.74%.

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The cable company has a market cap of $16.22 billion and an enterprise value of $16.64 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 2 out of 10. Its ROE of 22.91% and ROA of 20.25% are underperforming 70% of companies in the Global Pay TV industry. Its financial strength is rated 5 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.16 is below the industry median of 0.40.

Wallace Weitz (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest shareholderamong the gurus with 0.19% of outstanding shares, followed by Stahl with 0.13%.

The Dell Technologies Inc. (NYSE:DVMT) position was increased 27.93%, expanding the portfolio 0.48%.

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The information technology company has a market cap of $15.46 billion and an enterprise value of $15.46 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 3 out of 10. Its ROE of 9.10% and ROA of 5.31% are outperforming 59% of companies in the Global Software – Infrastructure industry. Its financial strength is rated 6 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.50 is below the industry median of 0.59.

The company's largest guru shareholder is Dodge & Cox with 7.16% of outstanding shares, followed by Paul Singer (Trades, Portfolio) with 2.83%.

The firm increased its holding of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IAC) by 45.94%, expanding the portfolio by 0.41%.

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The internet media company has a market cap of $13.61 billion and an enterprise value of $14.04 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 7 out of 10. Its ROE of 14.46% and ROA of 5.99% are outperforming 63% of companies in the Global Internet Content and Information industry. Its financial strength is rated 6 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.82 is below the industry median of 13.87.

Ruane Cunniff (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest shareholder among the gurus with 0.97% of outstanding shares, followed by Simons with 0.08%.

The Trade Desk Inc. (NASDAQ:TTD) holding was boosted 323%. The portfolio was expanded by 0.34%.

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The company, which provides a technology platform for ad buyers, has a market cap of $2.46 billion and an enterprise value of $2.33 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 5 out of 10. Its ROE of 25.52% and ROA of 8.54% are outperforming 75% of companies in the Global Software – Application industry. Its financial strength is rated 7 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 5.78 is above the industry median of 5.32.

The largest guru shareholder of the company is Ron Baron (Trades, Portfolio) with 2.3% of outstanding shares, followed by Joel Greenblatt (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.47%.

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

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