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Soros Fund Management buys a new position in Baker Hughes

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Soros Fund Management and Baker Hughes

Soros Fund Management added new positions in Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI), RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD), Devon Energy (DVN), Spansion Inc. (CODE), and Marathon Petroleum (MPC) in 1Q14. The top positions it sold include J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Citigroup (C), and J.C. Penney (JCP).

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Soros Fund Management added a new position in Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) that accounts for 0.67% of the fund’s 1Q 2014 portfolio.

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On April 17, 2014, Baker Hughes (BHI) reported its 1Q14 earnings. The company generated recurring EPS (earnings per share) of $0.84—above consensus estimates of $0.78. EPS were up sequentially from 4Q13 EPS of $0.62 due to improved performance in both the company’s North America and International operations, as well as reduced per-share corporate expenses and reduced tax, interest, and other expenses.

Baker Hughes is part of the Big Three oilfield service companies, which also include Schlumberger (SLB), with a market cap of ~$130 billion, and Halliburton (HAL), with a market cap of ~$55 billion. These companies are also significant components of the VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH) and the Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE).

Market Realist published an in-depth view of the 1Q 2014 earnings and outlooks of the Big Three oilfield service companies. You can access this research at Why the Big 3 oilfield service companies are bullish on 2014.

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