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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Steve Cohen's Hedge Fund Has Been Buying These 10 Stocks

Steve Cohen's hedge fund SAC Capital has been busy filing 13G's with the SEC the past few days.  In total, they've filed ten different times.  Cohen was named one of the top 25 highest earning hedge fund managers of 2011.  Here's his fund's latest activity:

1. Sequenom (SQNM) - The hedge fund has boosted its holdings in SQNM by quite a large margin since the end of last year.  They now own 5.4% of the company with 6,128,919 shares. This is due to portfolio movement on May 7th.

Per Google Finance, Sequenom is "a diagnostic testing and genetics analysis company. The Company is focused on providing products, services, diagnostic testing, applications and genetic analysis products that translate the results of genomic science into solutions for biomedical research, translational research, molecular medicine applications, and agricultural, livestock and other areas of research."

2. Zillow (Z) - This is a brand new position for SAC Capital as they did not report a stake in their last disclosure at the end of 2011.  They now own 5% of Zillow with 1,011,501 shares due to activity on May 7th.

Per Google Finance, Zillow is "a real estate information marketplace. The Company provides information about homes, real estate listings and mortgages, through its Website and mobile applications, enabling homeowners, buyers, sellers and renters to connect with real estate and mortgage professionals."

3. Western Refining (WNR) - SAC Capital has increased its stake by a whopping 287% since the beginning of the year.  They now own a 5.4% ownership stake in the company with 4,860,883 shares due to activity on May 4th.

Per Google Finance, Western Refining is "an independent crude oil refiner and marketer of refined products and also operates service stations and convenience stores. WNR operates in three business segments: the refining group, the wholesale group, and the retail group."

4. Yelp (YELP) - The company completed its initial public offering at the beginning of March this year and this is a brand new position for Cohen's hedge fund.  They now own 415,847 shares, or 5.1% of the company.  They were required to file a disclosure due to crossing a regulatory threshold in trading on May 4th.

Per Google Finance, Yelp "connects people with local businesses. Its users contribute reviews of every type of local business, from restaurants, boutiques and salons to dentists, mechanics and plumbers. Its platform provides local businesses with a range of free and paid services, which help them to engage with consumers at moment when they are deciding where to spend their money."

5. Movado Group (MOV) - SAC Capital now owns 5.11% of Movado Group as they've built a position of 943,890 shares.  They only owned a tiny 11,347 share position at the end of 2011 so they've certainly ratcheted up their stake this year.

Per Google Finance, Movado "designs, sources, markets and distributes fine watches. The Company’s portfolio of brands consists of Movado, Ebel, Concord, ESQ, Coach Watches, HUGO BOSS Watches, Juicy Couture Watches, Tommy Hilfiger Watches and Lacoste Watches. The Company operates in two segments: Wholesale and Retail."

6. Accretive Health (AH) - This stake has been increased since their last disclosure and SAC now owns 5% of the company with 5,005,600 shares due to activity on May 4th.

Per Google Finance, Accretive Health is "a provider of services to the healthcare providers. The Company’s three offerings are revenue cycle management; quality and total cost of care, and physician advisory services. Its integrated revenue cycle management service offering helps the United States healthcare providers to manage their revenue cycles, which encompass patient registration, insurance and benefit verification, medical treatment documentation and coding, bill preparation and collections."

7. Walter Energy (WLT) - The hedge fund disclosed ownership of 3,143,160 shares of WLT due to trading activity on May 3rd.  They now own 5% of the company and have boosted their holdings by around 30% since the end of 2011.

Per Google Finance, Walter Energy is "a producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry and also produces steam coal, coal bed methane gas (natural gas), metallurgical coke and other related products."

8. Santarus (SNTS) - Cohen's firm started a new position in Santarus and now own 3,231,392 shares, or 5.2% of the company.

Per Google Finance, Santarus is "a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing products that address the needs of patients treated by physician specialists."

9. Clearwater Paper (CLW) - This position is slightly different in that SAC filed an activist 13D on the name.  As of the beginning of May, they now own 1,640,000 shares (or 7.2% of the company).  In recent trading, they were out purchasing shares on April 26th, 27th, and 30th at prices in the high $32.xx and low $33.xx.

The hedge fund feels that Clearwater would be worth more if it split up.  They feel that the sum of the parts are worth more separate than in their current combined entity.  SAC portfolio manager David Rosen wrote a letter to the company as SAC is currently the third largest shareholder.

They feel that the company's consumer products division is worth between $990 million and $1.4 billion.  They argue that the pulp and paperboard division is worth $770 million to $960 million.  But as of recent trading, Clearwater's entire market cap is only $786 million.

10. Select Comfort (SCSS) -SAC Capital now owns 5.02% of Select Comfort (SCSS) with 2,848,996 shares.  At the end of 2011, they only held a tiny position so they've boosted their holdings by over 1,500% since then.

Per Google Finance, Select Comfort is "a bed manufacturer and retailer. The Company designs, manufactures, markets and distributes the SLEEP NUMBER bed and other sleep-related products. The Sleep Number bed features DualAir technology, which allows couples to adjust each side of the mattress to his or her level of firmness."

And if you missed it, we've posted up even more of SAC Capital's portfolio activity here.

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