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Samantha Nielson

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  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why oversupply could affect Micron’s NAND flash products

    NAND Flash sales were up 35% for the first six months of 2014, as volumes increased amid a 17% fall in average selling prices or ASPs.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Basic Materials

    Why did Blue Ridge Capital buy Blackberry shares in 3Q 2013?

    The Canada-based mobile handset maker Blackberry Ltd. is a 0.22% position in Blue Ridge’s 3Q 2013 portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Valuing Carter’s performance versus other apparel companies

    Key trends could benefit Cartier and its peers. But weak consumer demand and intense competition—especially from online retailers—remain headwinds.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why margin improvement is a priority for Interpublic

    The company said its “financial goals include competitive organic revenue growth and operating margin expansion, which we expect will further strengthen our balance sheet and total liquidity and increase value to our shareholders.”

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Fund Managers

    CalPERS raises position in Staples

    Staples began discussions to acquire Office Depot in September 2014. Staples will acquire all outstanding Office Depot shares in the $6.3 billion deal.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Tiger Global Management starts positions in YHOO, LINTA, SODA, TRIP and sells SBGI, QCOM—13F Flash E

    In this six-part series, we’ll go through some of the main positions Tiger Global Management traded this past quarter. Why sell Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI)?

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Steven Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management ups its stake in Yahoo

    Steven Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management upped its position in Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) last quarter that now accounts for 2.18% of the fund’s total 1Q portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Why Omega Advisors establishes position in Time Warner Cable

    Comcast (CMCSA) agreed to buy TWC in February for ~$45.2 billion in a deal that would create the largest cable provider in the U.S., with more than 33 million subscribers.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Why is “Internet of Everything” a future growth driver for Cisco?

    Cisco CEO John Chambers believes the Internet of Everything (IoE) might be a $19 trillion opportunity. Cities globally have the potential to claim $1.9 trillion in value from IoE over the next decade, Cisco’s study stated.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Fund Managers

    ARCP shareholder Marcato questioned equity issuance

    Even before accounting errors were disclosed, activist hedge fund shareholder Marcato Capital criticized American Realty for its acquisition strategy and equity issuance.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Basic Materials

    Must-know: Why Maverick adds new position in Ashland

    Ashland has seen pressure from activist investor JANA Partners, which acquired a stake in the chemical maker in April, 2013, to boost shareholder value.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Must-know: A guide to Blue Ridge Capital’s 4Q13 positions

    Blue Ridge Capital is a New York–based hedge fund founded in 1996 by Tiger Cub John Griffin. The fund generally targets “absolute returns” by investing in and short-selling companies.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Fund Managers

    Main Paulson holdings traded in the fourth quarter

    Paulson holdings include bullish positions in Allergan (AGN), Mylan (MYL), and Time Warner Cable (TWC). Its event-driven fund, Advantage, lost 29% in 2014.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Must-know business overview: Hewlett-Packard in revival mode

    Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), headquartered in Palo Alto, California,  is one of the world’s largest information technology companies and a leading provider products, technologies, software, solutions and services. HP has seen its shares bounce back from their late-2012 lows, and the company beat street estimates in its latest quarterly results. For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, […]

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Renaissance Technologies sells its Amazon shares in 4Q13

    Renaissance Technologies eliminated a position in online retailer Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) that accounted for 0.34% of the fund’s 3Q portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Fund Managers

    Glenview Capital opens new position in Danaher

    Glenview Capital Management added a new position in Danaher Corp. (DHR) in the third quarter. The position accounted for 1.99% of the fund’s total portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Why Third Point believes Apple Pay is not a threat to PayPal

    Third Point added, “when we break down the applicability of Apple Pay to PayPal’s business mix, we find that Apply Pay will compete directly with only 1.5 to 2% of PayPal’s total payment volume (or TPV).”

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Real Estate

    Why AQR Capital Management chose to open a position in Vodafone

    AQR Capital started a new position in Vodafone Group plc that accounts for 0.44% of the fund’s 4Q portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Citadel Advisors raises stake in JAKKS Pacific

    Due to the enthusiastic response to its products from retailers, licensors, and consumers, JAKKS increased net sales guidance for the full year 2014.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Basic Materials

    Must-know: Why did Omega Advisors exit its Wells Fargo position?

    Omega Advisors Inc. is a New York–based investment advisory firm founded in 1991 by Leon G. Cooperman. Omega sold a 1.05% position in Wells Fargo.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Why Lone Pine bought a new position in Endo Health Solutions

    Endo Health Solutions is a 1.26% position initiated by Lone Pine Capital in the 2013 last quarter.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Industrials

    John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. buys a new position in CBS in 1Q14

    Paulson initiated a new position in CBS Corp. (CBS) last quarter. The position accounts for 1.35% of Paulson’s $20 billion 1Q 2014 portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Eton Park Capital opens new positions in FDO, STZ, BID, EQIX, Sells NLSN, PCLN – 13F Flash

      In this six-part series, we will go through some of the main positions Eton Park Capital traded this past quarter Eton Park Capital Management is a multi-strategy hedge fund founded in November 2004 by former Goldman Sachs partner Eric Mindich. The firm started new positions in Family Dollar Stores (FDO) , Constellation Brands (STZ), […]

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Energy & Utilities

    Seth Klarman’s Baupost Group sells its stake in British Petroleum

    The Baupost Group pared almost half of its stake in British Petroleum (BP), which accounted for 7.80% of the fund’s total portfolio in 4Q 2013.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Why Family Dollar’s profits tumbled 33% in the third quarter

    Comparable store sales for the 13-week period decreased 1.8% as a result of fewer customer transactions—sales in the 3Q14 were strongest in the Consumables category, driven primarily by strong growth in refrigerated or frozen food and tobacco.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Appaloosa Management raises its stake in American Airlines Group

    Appaloosa Management enhanced its position in American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) last quarter that now accounts for 3.48% of Appaloosa’s total 1Q portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Initiatives in eBay Marketplaces have been slow growth drivers

    The majority of eBay’s Marketplaces revenue comes from a take rate on the gross merchandise volume (GMV), defined as the total sales for active listings or of all the items.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    DE Shaw hedge fund opens new positions in FOXA, NWS, NVE, Sells S, HOG, CCL – 13F Flash (D)

    In this six-part series, we will go through each one of the larger positions DE Shaw traded this past quarter DE Shaw is a New York–based $30 billion-plus quantitative hedge fund founded in 1988 by David E. Shaw, a former Columbia faculty member. The firm’s primary trading method is systematic and computer-driven. DE Shaw has […]

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Must-know: Apple’s valuation versus Google and Microsoft

    Apple’s stock is trading at a forward P/E of 12.5x, which is lower than its main peers, Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT).

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Pandora Media hikes subscription rates because of increasing costs

    The Pandora One service has 3.3 million subscribers and includes advertisement-free access, better audio quality, and reduced timeouts, and offers listeners with additional skips.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Fund Managers

    JANA sells stake in Equinix

    JANA Partners sold a significant stake in Equinix (EQIX) during the fourth quarter. The position accounted for 3.38% of the fund’s third-quarter portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Fund Managers

    Paulson & Co. eliminates position in Freeport-McMoRan

    Freeport-McMoRan is the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer. It posted revenue of $5.7 billion, down 7.6%, saying, results “reflect lower oil volumes and price realizations for copper, gold and oil.”

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Chilton Investment Company buys stake in TransDigm in 4Q13

    Chilton started a new position in aerospace engineering company TransDigm Group Inc. (TDG) that accounts for 0.76% of the fund’s fourth quarter portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Healthcare

    Why Chilton starts new position in Wyndham Worldwide

    Approximately 63% of Wyndham’s revenues come from fees for providing services referred to as its “fee-for-service” businesses.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Fund Managers

    Paulson & Co. ups position in Covidien

    The Ireland-based Covidien is engaged in the development, manufacture, and sale of healthcare products for use in clinical and home settings. Its fourth-quarter net sales increased 7% to $2.73 billion.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Fund Managers

    Gannett plans to split off into two publicly traded companies

    In August last year, Gannett Company (GCI) announced that it plans to create two publicly traded companies. It expects to split off its publishing business by the middle of this year.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    David Einhorn raises Greenlight Capital’s stake in Amdocs

    Greenlight increased its 1% position in Amdocs (DOX) in 3Q 2013 to 1.30% of the fund’s portfolio last quarter. The position was initiated in 2Q 2013.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Must-know: Appaloosa Management’s 2Q14 positions

    David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management initiated new positions and sold some existing positions in 2Q14. Appaloosa added positions in Mohawk Industries (MHK) and Weatherford International (WFT). It sold positions in Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM). During the quarter, it increased its position in Facebook Inc. (FB) and General Motors (or GM).

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Why did JANA Partners boost its position in General Motors?

    JANA Partners enhanced its position in from 0.17% to 4.23% last quarter General Motors.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Fund Managers

    Chimera posts growth in third quarter profit and interest income

    Chimera’s core earnings grew to $116 million compared to $93 million in the year-ago period. Growth was mainly due to an increase in net interest income.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Basic Materials

    Did Dan Loeb’s Third Point buy T-Mobile stake ahead of a merger?

    Third Point said in its 4Q investor letter that it had an opportunity to establish a position in T-Mobile (TMUS) in November when the company conducted a secondary offering at $25.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Basic Materials

    Why Pershing Square initiated a position in Platform Specialty Products

    Pershing Square disclosed a new position in Platform Specialty Products (PAH) that accounts for 7.58% of Pershing Square’s 1Q14 portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Industrials

    Must-know: Greenlight Capital’s 2Q positions

    According to a Newswire report, Greenlight Capital reported a 2.9% decline last month. However, it’s up 3.6% for the year. The fund’s second quarter investor letter noted that its technology positions have robust prospects.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Elliott hedge fund opens new positions in RVBD, ADSK, NWS, NVDA, Sold DLPH, NTAP – 13F Flash (D)

    In this six-part series, we will go through each one of the positions Elliott traded this past quarter. Elliott Management is a New York based $20 billion+ event driven and distressed hedge fund run by the legendary Paul Singer. The fund is secretive in its approach, but sources attribute a 15% annual net return to […]

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Financials

    Why Tudor sold its position in Forest Laboratories?

    Paul Tudor Jones II in 1982 founded Tudor Investment Corporation, which is today a leading asset management firm headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Tudor Group, consisting of Tudor Investment Corporation and its affiliates, is involved in active trading, investing and research in assets across fixed income, currencies, equities and commodities asset classes and related derivative […]

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Fund Managers

    ARCP’s Cole Capital acquisition ended due to accounting issue

    In November, RCS Capital terminated a $700 million deal to acquire Cole Capital from ARCP.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Point72 Asset Management starts a new position in Estée Lauder

    Steven Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, which was earlier known as SAC Capital, added a position in Estée Lauder Companies (EL) in 1Q 2014.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Must-know: Appaloosa Management’s positions in 1Q 2014

    David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management initiated new positions and sold some existing positions in 1Q 2014. The $20 billion fund’s U.S. long portfolio increased from $7.97 billion in 4Q 2013 to $9.05 billion in 1Q 2014.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Basic Materials

    Blue Ridge Capital bought Cliffs Natural Resources shares in 3Q13

    International mining and natural resources company Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (CLF) occupies a 0.35% position in Blue Ridge’s 3Q 2013 portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Basic Materials

    ValueAct Capital increases its position in Allison Transmission

    ValueAct Capital upped its stake in Allison Transmission from 4,625,204 shares to 18,025,204 shares, last quarter.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Basic Materials

    Soaring high: Appaloosa initiates a position in American Airlines

    Appaloosa Management’s top new buy last quarter was American Airlines Group (AAL), with a 2.22% position in the hedge fund’s U.S. long portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Fund Managers

    Adage Capital adds a new position in Mallinckrodt

    Adage Capital added a new position in Mallinckrodt Plc (MNK) in the third quarter of 2014. The position accounted for 0.82% of the fund’s total portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Energy & Utilities

    Why Nordic posts earnings increase, declares dividend

    NAO’s initial fleet is providing services for Apache Corporation’s (APA) Apache North Sea Limited, BG International Limited (BRGYY), and Statoil Petroleum AS, a subsidiary of Statoil ASA (STO).

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Energy & Utilities

    Must-know highlights of Citadel Advisors’ 2Q14 positions

    Citadel Advisors’ 2Q14 portfolio was worth $73.4 billion, up from $72.5 billion in 1Q14. The total portfolio has over 3000 stocks.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Tech & Comm Services

    An assessment: Viacom versus its media peers

    Viacom, despite being undervalued by analysts, is expected to see growth from its media networks segment especially with its digital partnership deals.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Soros Fund Management opens a 1Q14 position in Devon Energy

    George Soros’ Soros Fund Management added a new position in Devon Energy (DVN) that accounts for 0.50% of the fund’s 1Q 2014 portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Real Estate

    Lee Cooperman’s Omega Advisors opens a new position in T-Mobile

    Cooperman seems to be following the trend of other other hedge funds such as Third Point and Paulson to capitalize on consolidation in the telecom space.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Basic Materials

    Why Pershing Square exited General Growth Properties in 1Q14

    In 1Q14, Ackman’s Pershing Square exited its position in General Growth Properties (GGP) that accounted for 6.74% of Pershing Square’s 4Q13 portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Financials

    Why did Tudor buy Intercontinental Exchange?

    Paul Tudor Jones II in 1982 founded Tudor Investment Corporation, which is today a leading asset management firm headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Tudor Group, consisting of Tudor Investment Corporation and its affiliates, is involved in active trading, investing and research in assets across fixed income, currencies, equities and commodities asset classes and related derivative […]

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Why did Highbridge Capital buy Tempur Sealy International?

    Highbridge Capital Management, LLC is a multi-strategy alternative investment management firm founded by Glenn Russell Dubin and Henry Swieca in 1992. In late 2004, J.P. Morgan Asset Management purchased a majority interest in Highbridge, creating one of the first and most significant strategic alliances in the hedge fund industry. In July 2009, J.P. Morgan Asset […]

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Financials

    Must-know 3Q updates from Dan Loeb’s Third Point Partners

    In this series Activist investor Dan Loeb’s fund, Third Point Partners LP, disclosed some of the positions traded during 3Q14 in its 3Q investor letter. In this series, we’ll go through the details of these positions and Third Point’s rationale for adding or exiting its stakes. In its 3Q letter, the fund said it “continued […]

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Healthcare

    Third Point Partners ups stake in Amgen

    The fund noted in its letter that “Amgen has all the hallmarks of a hidden value situation, which is one of the fund’s favorite investment themes.”

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Financials

    Must-know: D.E. Shaw trims position in Apple

    D.E. Shaw decreased its position in Apple Inc. (AAPL) that accounted for 5.76% of the company’s U.S. long portfolio in 4Q13.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Why Greenlight started a new position in Lam Research Corporation

    Greenlight disclosed a new position in Lam Research Corporation, which accounts for 1.01% of the fund’s 1Q 2014 portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Financials

    Jeffrey Ubben’s ValueAct Capital buys a new stake in Symantec

    ValueAct Capital initiated a new position in Symantec Corp. (SYMC) that accounts for 1.14% of the fund’s first quarter portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Financials

    Why D.E. Shaw decreases position in Bank of America Corp.

    D.E. Shaw decreased its position in Bank of America Corp. (BAC) that accounted for 1.11% of the company’s U.S. long portfolio in 4Q13.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Must-know overview of Micron Technology: A DRAMatic growth story

    Micron’s stock has surged on bullish earnings prospects, and it’s up more than 200% since the beginning of 2013, partly propelled by the acquisition of Elpida last year.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Basic Materials

    Why did Ackman’s Pershing Square exit General Growth Properties?

    Last week, Pershing Square exited its entire stake in General Growth Properties.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Why ESPN drives Walt Disney’s Media Networks revenue

    Disney’s media division has remained its largest source of revenue. For fiscal 2013, revenues from Media Networks increased 5%, to $20.4 billion.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Energy & Utilities

    GAMCO adds new position in Weatherford International

    GAMCO Investors took a large new position in Weatherford International (WFT) during the third quarter. The position accounted for 1.21% of the fund’s 3Q14 portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    American Airlines gets significantly lower position in Appaloosa

    Appaloosa Management significantly lowered its position in American Airlines (AAL) in the third quarter that ended in September 2014. The position accounts for 3.81% of the fund’s total third-quarter portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Glenview Capital Management starts new positions in AAP, AMT, DG, NXPI, sells NTAP, ROVI—13F Flash B

    Glenview Capital Management is a private investment management firm with more than $7 billion of assets under management. Why buy American Tower Corp. (AMT)?

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Micron’s key cloud innovations include its hybrid memory cube

    Micron believes memory is at the core of enabling all key technology trends, such as networking, machine-to-machine, mobile, cloud, and big data.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Financials

    Why Fairholme Capital lowers stake in Leucadia National

    Fairholme Capital lowered its position in Leucadia National in 2Q14. The position currently accounts for 4.14% of the fund’s portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Why did Lone Pine open a position in IntercontinentalExchange?

    Lone Pine Capital opened a new 2.19% position in IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Must-know: Why Tiger Global liquidates stake in Yahoo

    Tiger Global disposed of a position in Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) which accounted for 4.53% of the fund’s 4Q13 portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Industrials

    Must-know update: DE Shaw increases its position in Sears Holdings

    DE Shaw increased its position in specialty retailer Sears Holdings (SHLD) from 0.01% to 0.07% in 4Q 2013.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Basic Materials

    Why Pershing Square bought stake in Platform Specialty Products

    In a 13G filed last week, Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square disclosed a position in Platform Specialty Products Corporation (PAH).

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Greenlight opens a new position in REIT American Capital Agency

    Greenlight disclosed a new position in American Capital Agency Corporation. It accounts for 1.69% of the fund’s 1Q 2014 portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Why did Paulson buy a stake in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt?

    Paulson opened a new 2.58% position in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company, a global provider of education content and solutions.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Why Davidson Kempner adds new position in Vitamin Shoppe

    Vitamin Shoppe said in its annual filing that the Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements (VMS) industry in the U.S. is highly fragmented.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Energy & Utilities

    Rackspace Hosting sees activist interest from Blue Harbour

    In September, after months of speculation that Rackspace could be acquired by CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL) and had interest from Hewlett-Packard, the company said it was no longer exploring merger and acquisition options. On the contrary, the company declared its commitment to remain independent.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Financials

    Pershing Square takes 8.5% stake in Zoetis

    Pershing Square Capital Holdings added a new position in Zoetis Inc. (ZTS), which accounts for 1.52% of Pershing Square’s portfolio for the third quarter that ended in September 2014.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Fund Managers

    Overview of Corvex Management in 4Q14

    Corvex Management has over $5 billion in assets under management. Keith Meister leads Corvex as the managing partner and chief investment officer.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Why Armstrong World Industries’ profits drop in 2Q

    Armstrong World Industries stock fell at the end of last month. Its 2Q14 earnings and revenue fell short of analysts’ expectations. Revenue was up 0.5% to $710 million compared to the same quarter last year. Adjusted diluted earnings per share (or EPS) fell 1% to $0.60. Net income declined 31.4% to $21 million.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Why higher costs and charges impact Armstrong’s business segments

    Resilient Flooring net sales in the second quarter and first six months of 2014 declined 2%. Net sales were driven by lower volume in the Americas and Europe. Operating income also declined.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Energy & Utilities

    Soros Fund Management raises position in Phillips 66

    The surge in Phillips 66’s net profit came largely from significant improvement in the Refining segment as well as from its Marketing and Specialties segment.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Basic Materials

    Must-know: Key ideas from Blue Ridge Capital’s investment strategy

    Blue Ridge Capital is a New York–based hedge fund founded in 1996 by Tiger Cub John Griffin. The fund generally targets “absolute returns.”

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Why Priceline and Expedia clash over “opaque” hotel offerings

    Priceline earns the majority of its revenues from the agency model, under which third parties such as hotel suppliers set the rates while Priceline earns a commission on the transaction.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Steven A. Cohen increases SAC Capital’s position in Google

    SAC Capital built up its stake in Google Inc. (GOOG) last quarter by 97,523 shares, to 193,550 shares. Google accounts for a 1.26% position in SAC’s portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Why Einhorn’s hedge fund bought a position in Intrexon Corp.

    In this seven-part series, we’ll go through some of the main positions Greenlight Capital LP traded this past quarter. Why buy Intrexon Corp. (XON)?

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Steven Cohen and Point72 Asset Management’s 1Q 2014 positions

    Steven Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, the new name for SAC Capital Advisors, disclosed new positions in its 13F filing this month.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Why JANA Partners opened new position at Constellium

    JANA Partners’ 13F filing disclosed a brand new position in aluminum product manufacturer Constellium N.V. (CSTM) that accounts for 1.83% of JANA’s 1Q 2014 portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Energy & Utilities

    Baupost Group opens PBF position, raises MU and THRX share, and sells AIG, AUY, and KGC—13F Flash F

    The Baupost Group, LLC, is a hedge fund founded and run by Seth Klarman in 1982. Why sell Kinross Gold Corp. (KGC)?

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    TPG-Axon Capital buys CNX, M, OUTR, and DDS and decreases positions in ROC, GNC, and WYN—13F Flash A

    In this six-part series, we’ll go through some of the main positions TPG-Axon Capital traded this past quarter. Why buy CONSOL Energy (CNX)?

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Energy & Utilities

    Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway opens a position in Liberty Global

    International cable company Liberty Global (LBTYA) is a new 0.25% position initiated by Berkshire Hathaway in 4Q. Liberty Global operates in 14 countries, including 12 European countries.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Why did Lone Pine Capital buy a stake in SBA Communications?

    SBA Communications Corporation is a 2.11% position initiated by Lone Pine Capital in 4Q 2013.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Comparing Orbitz Worldwide to its online travel peers like Expedia

    We compared Orbitz Worldwide Inc. (OWW) with its peers Expedia (EXPE), The Priceline Group (PCLN), the China-based Ctrip.com International (CTRP), and TripAdvisor (TRIP) in the OTA (online travel agency) space.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Why Glenview Capital adds new stake in Applied Materials

    Applied Materials Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the global semiconductor, flat panel display, solar photovoltaic (or PV), and related industries.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Energy & Utilities

    Why National Fuel Gas is investing in pipeline expansions

    As we discussed previously in this series, National Fuel Gas (NFG) noted in its latest fiscal 3Q14 results that its earnings growth was driven by higher earnings in its Midstream and Upstream businesses.

    By Samantha Nielson
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