Delivering Alpha Best Ideas Panel: Mark Kingdon, Chris Hohn, Jim Chanos, Lee Cooperman ~ market folly

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Delivering Alpha Best Ideas Panel: Mark Kingdon, Chris Hohn, Jim Chanos, Lee Cooperman

The Delivering Alpha Conference today featured a 'best ideas' panel that featured some hedge fund titans including Jim Chanos (Kynikos Associates), Chris Hohn (Children's Investment Fund), Mark Kingdon (Kingdon Capital), and Lee Cooperman (Omega Advisors).  Here's a brief summary of their picks:

Mark Kingdon, Kingdon Capital

Long Japanese automakers: Long Toyota (TM), Long Fuji Heavy (7270.TO) Long Mazda (7261.JP)

He says these companies obviously benefit from Abenomics in Japan.  Toyota he likes as an innovative leader with focus on hybrid technology.  Fuji Heavy (Subaru) is moving from low margin to high margin products.   He says Mazda might have the most upside of the names. 

Chris Cooper-Hohn, Children's Investment Fund

Long Porsche (PAH3.DE) - It's basically a holding company owning 150 million shares of Volkswagen.  If the two merge eventually, the stock doubles.  We've highlighted Hohn's thesis on Porsche before.

Long EADS (EAD.FR) - A liquid large cap with a new focus on making money.  Could double over 2 years. 

Long Aurizon Holdings (AZJ.AU)- Australian railroad, a total turnaround story as the company has transitioned from government-owned to a company more aimed at profit.  He thinks it could double over next 3 years

Lee Cooperman, Omega Advisors

Long Qualcomm (QCOM) - points to a large amount of cash on the balance sheet and a lot of pessimism on the name.

Long Sandridge (SD) - could be a double.

Long Express Scripts (ESRX) - company is growing and buying back stock.  We've also posted up another Cooperman interview recently where he talked about other stocks he likes.

Jim Chanos, Kynikos Associates

Short Caterpillar (CAT) - a bet on China's property development slowdown and he says the company is just exposed to the wrong products at the wrong part of the cycle.  Here's Chanos' pitch on CAT here.

Short Hewlett Packard (HPQ) - he also reiterated his call against the PC, saying it's dying a slow death.  This has been a longstanding short and we've posted up Chanos' thesis on HPQ as he called it a value trap last year.

For more from the Delivering Alpha Conference, head to:

- John Paulson on gold, real estate & merger arbitrage

- Nelson Peltz on PepsiCo & Mondelez

- Larry Robbins & Jacob Gottlieb on healthcare plays

- Carl Icahn on activism 

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