Friday, October 28, 2016

Julian Robertson Likes Microsoft, Air Canada, Celgene

Hedge fund legend Julian Robertson of Tiger Management sat down with CNBC to talk about markets recently and what stocks he's fond of these days.

He really likes Microsoft (MSFT) and thinks its cloud exposure, new management has "brought a revival of Bill Gates' initial strategy."

Robertson also likes Air Canada and says they're doing all the right things, cheap at 3.5x earnings.  Thinks it's well-run at a very cheap price.

Looking at stocks selling at depressed levels, he pointed to biotech and particularly Celgene (CELG).  He noted the fear that Hillary Clinton would put some of these companies out of business.  Robertson says "a lot of them have a lot of promise" and he prefers ones that have sold off a lot.  He was a big holder of Gilead (GILD) but said he's basically 'given up' because the company hasn't put its massive cash pile to work.

Turning to media, he said that, "I have always regrets about selling anything of Reed Hastings."  He regrets not being in Netflix (NFLX) but says "it's not the world's cheapest stock" so he says they 'removed' themselves. 

Turning to currencies, the hedge fund manager thinks the Peso is undervalued as it has largely been a 'Trump trade' recently.

On the hedge fund industry, he said "(The shakeout) is caused by increased competition from more hedge funds."

For young people in finance, he said he'd tell them to go to an industry that's lacking people.

For more from this hedge fund manager, we also posted another recent interview with Julian Robertson as well.

JANA Partners Files 13D on HD Supply Holdings

Barry Rosenstein's activist investment firm JANA Partners has filed a 13D with the SEC regarding shares of HD Supply Holdings (HDS).  Per the filing, JANA now owns 8.1% of the company with 16.25 shares.

This is an increase of over 13.25 million shares since the end of the second quarter when they owned 2.99 million HDS shares.  The filing was made due to activity on October 17th.

The 13D notes they were buying throughout September and into October mostly between $30-32 per share.  HDS currently trades around the $33 level.

JANA has already met with management to discuss strategic alternatives, as well as financial and operational means of maximizing value for shareholders.

For more from this manager, we posted up a recent interview with Barry Rosenstein here.

Per Google Finance, HD Supply Holdings is "an industrial distributor in North America. The Company provides a range of products and value-add services to approximately 500,000 customers in maintenance, repair and operations, water infrastructure and residential and non-residential construction sectors. The Company operates in three segments: Facilities Maintenance, Waterworks, and Construction & Industrial-White Cap. Facilities Maintenance distributes MRO products, provides value-add services and fabricates custom products. Waterworks distributes lines of water and wastewater transmission products, serving contractors and municipalities in the water and wastewater industries for non-residential and residential uses. Construction & Industrial-White Cap distributes specialized hardware, tools, engineered materials and safety products to non-residential and residential contractors."

Hedge Fund Links ~ 10/28/16

Excerpts from Viking Global's Q3 letter [ValueWalk]

Ray Dalio: 'big, bad outcomes' if ECB doesn't keep buying bonds [Business Insider]

Are sports betting hedge funds coming? [ESPN]

Former Corvex exec gets seed money [Reuters]

Tiger Global lifts net long exposure [ii alpha]

How Steve Cohen amassed a $1 billion art collection [Fortune]

Scrutinizing Sequoia Fund: are quality and value back in? [Citywire]