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Tiziano Frateschi
Tiziano Frateschi
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George Soros Exits Aetna, Microsoft

Guru's largest sales of the 4th quarter

George Soros (Trades, Portfolio), the legendary leader of Soros Fund Management, sold shares of the following stocks during the fourth quarter.

The investor's Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) position was dissolved following its merger with CVS Health (CVS). The trade had an impact of -1.71% on the portfolio.

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The health insurance company had a market cap of $69.64 billion and an enterprise value of $68.65 billion on its final day of trading.

Soros trimmed his Intelsat SA (NYSE:I) holding by 77.52%. The trade had an impact of -1.41% on the portfolio.

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The company, which provides satellite communication services, has a market cap of $3.04 billion and an enterprise value of $16.95 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 3 out of 10. The return on assets of -6.02% is underperforming 78% of companies in the Global Telecom Services industry. Its financial strength is rated 3 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.04 is below the industry median of 0.30.

The largest guru shareholder of the company is Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)’ Renaissance Technologies with 1.23% of outstanding shares, followed by Soros with 0.39%, Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.3% and Joel Greenblatt (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.11%.

The guru curbed his Tribune Media Co. (NYSE:TRCO) holding by 90.53%. The trade impacted the portfolio by -1.39%.

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The media and entertainment company has a market cap of $4.07 billion and an enterprise value of $6.11 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 7 out of 10. The return on equity of 18.76% and return on assets of 7.53% are outperforming 73% of companies in the Global Broadcasting - TV industry. Its financial strength is rated 5 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.30 is below the industry median of 0.82.

The largest guru shareholder is Gabelli with 3.42% of outstanding shares, followed by Simons’ firm with 2.88%, PRIMECAP Management (Trades, Portfolio) with 2.01% and Jeremy Grantham (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.23%.

The Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) position was eliminated, impacting the portfolio by -1.37%.

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The software company has a market cap of $829.9 billion and an enterprise value of $775.41 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 9 out of 10. The return on equity of 40.08% and return on assets of 13.13% are outperforming 86% of companies in the Global Software - Infrastructure industry. Its financial strength is rated 7 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 1.75 is below the industry median of 5.23.

The company's largest guru shareholder is PRIMECAP Management with 0.5% of outstanding shares, followed by Dodge & Cox with 0.42%, Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.32% and Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.25%.

Soros divested Pinnacle Foods Inc. (NYSE:PF)  from his portfolio. The trade impacted the portfolio by -1.37%.

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The company, which manufactures packaged food products, has a market cap of $7.94 billion and an enterprise value of $10.62 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 7 out of 10. The return on equity of 27.13% and return on assets of 9.33% are outperforming 81% of companies in the Global Packaged Foods industry. Its financial strength is rated 5 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.03 is below the industry median of 0.49.

The guru exited his holding of the iShares MSCI Emerging Index Fund (EEM), impacting the portfolio by -1.36%.

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The Spotify Technology SA (NYSE:SPOT) position was closed. The trade impacted the portfolio by -1.23%.

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The music streaming service has a market cap of $26.46 billion and an enterprise value of $24.4 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 5 out of 10. The return on equity of -8.25% and return on assets of -2.71% are underperforming the Global Internet Content and Information industry. Its financial strength is rated 8 out of 10 with no debt.

The largest guru shareholder of the company is Chase Coleman (Trades, Portfolio) with 7.08% of outstanding shares, followed by Philippe Laffont (Trades, Portfolio) with 2.04%, Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.19% and Simons’ firm with 0.09%.

The guru curbed his Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE:P) stake by 78.42%. The trade impacted the portfolio by -0.99%.

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The company, which provides music and audio streaming services, has a market cap of $2.27 billion and an enterprise value of $2.14 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 6 out of 10. The return on equity of -354.24% and return on assets of -28.84% are underperforming 99% of companies in the Global Broadcasting - Radio industry. Its financial strength is rated 6 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 1.52 is above the industry median of 0.82.

The largest guru shareholder of the company is John Paulson (Trades, Portfolio) with 3.47% of outstanding shares, followed by Simons’ frim with 1.94%.

Disclosure: I do not own any stocks mentioned.

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Tiziano Frateschi
You can read about me on www.theextraincome.info, which gives suggestions on position trading.

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