Tracking Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • Philippe Laffont’s 13F portfolio value increased from $9.03B to $11.82B this quarter. 
  • Coatue Management increased Microsoft (MSFT) and Anaplan (PLAN) while decreasing Amazon.com (AMZN), Tableau Software (DATA), and Nvidia Corp (NVDA) during the quarter. 
  • The largest three positions are Liberty Broadband (LBRDK), ServiceNow (NOW), and Facebook (FB) and they add up to ~20% of the portfolio. 

Philippe Laffont’s 13F portfolio value increased ~30% from $9.03B to $11.82B this quarter. Recent 13F reports have shown a total of around 50 individual stock positions in the portfolio. The largest five stakes are Liberty Broadband (LBRDK), ServiceNow (NOW), Facebook Inc. (FB), Microsoft (MSFT), and Netflix (NFLX) and they add up to around ~31% of the entire portfolio.

Philippe Laffont is one of the most successful among the "tiger cubs". To know more about Julian Robertson and his legendary Tiger Management, check out Julian Robertson: A Tiger in the Land of Bulls and Bears.

Below is a summary:

Facebook Inc. (FB): FB is a large (top five) ~6% of the portfolio position. The original stake is from Q3 2013 at prices between $24 and $51. The position has wavered. Recent activity follow. H1 2018 saw a ~30% increase at prices between $152 and $202 while next quarter there was a similar reduction at prices between $160 and $218. There was a ~10% stake increase in Q4 2018 while last quarter saw a ~18% selling. This quarter also saw marginal selling. The stock is now at $189.

Liberty Broadband (LBRDK): LBRDK is currently the largest position at ~7% of the portfolio. It was established in Q2 2016 at prices between $55 and $60. The stock is now at $111.

Below is a spreadsheet that shows the changes to Philippe Laffont's Coatue Management 13F long portfolio holdings as of Q2 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:



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Tracking John Armitage’s Egerton Capital Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • John Armitage’s 13F portfolio value decreased from $14.16B to $13.66B this quarter. 
  • Egerton Capital added D R Horton (DHI) and Facebook (FB) while increasing Alibaba Group Holdings (BABA). They decreased Alphabet (GOOG) and dropped Boeing (BA) as well during the quarter.  
  • Charter Communications (CHTR), Union Pacific (UNP), and American Express (AXP) are the largest three positions in the portfolio. 

John Arimitage’s 13F portfolio value decreased ~4% this quarter from $14.16B to $13.66B. The portfolio is very concentrated with recent 13Fs listing around 30 positions. The largest five individual stock positions are Charter Communications (CHTR), Union Pacific (UNP), American Express (AXP), Canadian Pacific (CP), and Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), and they add up to ~36% of the entire portfolio.

Below is a summary:

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG): GOOG was a large 5.26% stake established in Q4 2017 at prices between $968 and $1077. There was a ~17% stake increase in Q4 2018 as well at prices between $976 and $1203. This quarter saw the position reduced by ~60% to a ~2% portfolio stake at prices between $1036 and $1288. The stock currently trades at $1245.

Note: Alphabet Inc. has seen several roundtrips in the portfolio going back to 2011.

MasterCard (MA): MA was first purchased in Q2 2014 at prices between $69 and $78. The position has wavered since. Recent activity follow: Q3 2018 saw a ~40% selling at prices between $196 and $223 while next quarter saw a stake doubling at prices between $175 and $224. The stock is currently trading at ~$277. Last quarter saw a ~15% stake increase while this quarter there was a one-third selling.

Below is a spreadsheet that highlights the changes to John Armitage's Egerton Capital 13F stock portfolio as of Q2 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:




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Tracking Jeremey Grantham’s GMO Capital Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • Jeremey Grantham’s 13F portfolio value increased from $13.90B to $14.21B this quarter. 
  • GMO Capital decreased Costco Wholesale (COST) while increasing UnitedHealth (UNH), Merck (MRK), and Eli Lilly (LLY).   
  • The largest three individual stock positions are Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Alphabet Inc. (GOOG), and Apple (AAPL) and they add up to ~12% of the portfolio. 

Jeremey Grantham’s 13F portfolio value increased ~2% from $13.90B to $14.21B this quarter. The portfolio is diversified with recent 13F reports showing well over 500 different positions. The largest five stakes are Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Alphabet Inc. (GOOG), Apple (AAPL), Oracle Corporation (ORCL), and UnitedHealth (UNH) and they add up to ~18% of the portfolio.

Note: In January 2018, Jeremey Grantham predicted the market to be in a melt-up (S&P 3400 to 3800 in short order). At the time, he thought emerging markets were a safe bet. As a secondary recommendation, EAFE equities were suggested. Consistent with that call, he increased the iShares MSCI Emerging Market ETF (EEM) allocation to a 3.11% portfolio stake thru Q3 2018. That quarter saw the position reduced by ~80% to a small 0.72% portfolio stake. The position was increased by ~80% last quarter and is now a 1.31% of the portfolio stake.

Below is a spreadsheet that shows the changes to Jeremey Grantham's GMO Capital 13F portfolio holdings as of Q2 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:




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Tracking Jeff Smith’s Starboard Value Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • Jeff Smith’s 13F portfolio value decreased from $4.09B to $3.29B this quarter. 
  • Starboard Value added Aecom (ACM) while dropping Zayo Group Holdings (ZAYO) during the quarter. 
  • The largest three individual stock positions are Symantec (SYMC), Advanced Auto Parts (AAP), and Perrigo (PRGO) and they add up to ~55% of the portfolio. 


Jeff Smith’s 13F portfolio value decreased ~20% from $4.09B to $3.29B this quarter. The portfolio is very concentrated with recent 13F reports showing around twenty stakes. The top five positions are Symantec Corporation (SYMC), Advanced Auto Parts (AAP), Perrigo plc (PRGO), Cerner Corporation (CERN), and iShares Russell 2K Value ETF. They add up to ~68% of the portfolio.

Below is a spreadsheet that shows the changes to Jeff Smith's Starboard Value 13F portfolio holdings as of Q2 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:




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Tracking Stanley Druckenmiller's Duquesne Family Office Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • Stanley Druckenmiller’s 13F portfolio value decreased from $3.44B to $3.37B this quarter. 
  • Duquesne added Uber Technologies (UBER), Salesforce.com (CRM), and PG&E Corp (PCG) while dropping Alphabet (GOOG) and Intuitive Surgical (ISRG). 
  • Duquesne Family Office portfolio has 61 positions with the top three accounting for around ~34% of the portfolio. 


Stanley Druckenmiller’s portfolio value decreased marginally from $3.44B to $3.37B this quarter. The pattern of very high turnover QoQ continued - many positions were dropped and new ones added. The nimble trading is typical of the trend-following style. To know more about Druckenmiller's trading style check out Trend Following: Learn to Make Millions in Up or Down Markets.



Below is a spreadsheet that highlights the changes to Stanley Druckenmiller's Duquesne Family Office 13F stock portfolio as of Q2 2019. For a look at how his portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:




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Tracking Mick McGuire’s Marcato Capital Management Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • Mick McGuire’s 13F portfolio value decreased from $644M to $262M this quarter. 
  • Marcato Capital Management unwound the huge short position in iShares Russell 2000 during the quarter. 
  • The largest three individual stock positions are IAC Interactive (IAC), Terex Corp (TEX), and DXC Technology (DXC) and they add up to ~90% of the portfolio. 


Mick McGuire’s 13F portfolio value decreased ~60% from $644M to $262M this quarter. Most of the positions were reduced or eliminated during the quarter. The top five stakes are IAC Interactive (IAC), Terex Corp (TEX), DXC Technology (DXC), Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), and Craft Brew Alliance (BREW) and they add up to around ~95% of the 13F portfolio.

Note: In September 2018, McGuire said he expects Terex Corporation shares to triple although it had already doubled since he first invested in July 2016. Shares were trading in the low-40s at the time. It currently trades at $25.78.

Below is a spreadsheet that shows the changes to Mick McGuire's Marcato Capital 13F portfolio holdings as of Q2 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:





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Tracking Baker Brothers Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • Baker Brothers’ 13F portfolio value decreased from $15.62B to $14.71B. 
  • Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX) and Heron Therapeutics (HRTX) stakes were increased while reducing Array Biopharma (ARRY) during the quarter. 
  • The top-three positions are Seattle Genetics (SGEN), Incyte Corporation (INCY), and BeiGene (BGNE) and they add up to almost ~52% of the portfolio. 


This article is part of a series that provides an ongoing analysis of the changes made to Baker Brothers’ 13F portfolio on a quarterly basis. It is based on Baker Brothers’ regulatory 13F Form filed on 08/14/2019.

This quarter, Baker Brothers’ 13F portfolio value decreased ~6% from $15.62B to $14.71B. The top three holdings are at ~52% while the top five holdings are just over two-thirds of the 13F assets: Seattle Genetics (SGEN), Incyte Corporation (INCY), BeiGene (BGNE), Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), and Acadia Pharma (ACAD).

The spreadsheet below highlights changes to Baker Brothers’ 13F holdings in Q2 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, please see our previous update:




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Tracking Guy Spier's Aquamarine Capital Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • Aquamarine Capital’s 13F portfolio value increased from $181M to $193M. 
  • The portfolio stayed steady during the quarter. 
  • Berkshire Hathaway and Ferrari N V are the largest two positions. 


Guy Spier’s Aquamarine Capital Portfolio value increased ~7% from $181M to $193M during the quarter. The portfolio is very concentrated with just 10 positions. The largest five positions are Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), Ferrari NV (RACE), Fiat Chrysler Auto (FCAU), American Express (AXP), and Bank of America (BAC). They together add up to ~78% of the entire portfolio. Most of the top positions have remained steady in recent quarters.

Below is a spreadsheet that highlights the changes to the portfolio as of Q2 2019. Please check out our previous update to have an idea on how the portfolio is progressing:




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Tracking Thyra Zerhusen’s Fairpointe Capital Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • Thyra Zerhusen’s 13F portfolio value decreased from $3B to $2.5B this quarter. 
  • Fairpointe Capital decreased Tegna Inc. (TGNA), Juniper Networds (JNPR), and Quest Diagnostics (DGX) during the quarter.  
  • The largest three positions are Molson Coors (TAP), Tegna Inc. (TGNA), and Mattel Inc. (MAT). 


Thyra Zerhusen’s 13F portfolio value decreased ~18% from $3B to $2.5B this quarter. Recent 13F reports have shown a total of around 70 individual stock positions in the portfolio. The largest five stakes are Molson Coors (TAP), Tegna Inc. (TGNA), Mattel Inc. (MAT), Meredith Corp (MDP), and Wabtec (WAB), and they together add up to ~18% of the portfolio.


Note: Regulatory Filings show Fairpointe having significant ownership stakes in the following businesses: Cars.com (CARS), Copa Holdings (CPA), CREE Inc. (CREE), Cooper Tire & Rubber (CTB), Domtar (UFS), Itron Inc. (ITRI), McDermott Intl. (MDR), New York Times (NYT), Office Depot (ODP), Tegna Inc. (TGNA), Scholastic (SCHL), Unisys (UIS), and Werner Enterprises (WERN).


Below is a spreadsheet that highlights the changes to Thyra Zerhusen's Fairpointe Portfolio 13F stock portfolio as of Q2 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:





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Tracking Robert & Jeffrey Bruce’s Bruce Fund Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • Robert & Jeffrey Bruce’s 13F portfolio value decreased ~8% from $512M to $469M this quarter. 
  • Bruce Fund trimmed most of the top positions in the portfolio during the quarter. 
  • The largest three individual stock positions are AMERCO, Nextera Energy, and Allstate (ALL) and they add up to ~27% of the portfolio. 


Robert & Jeffrey Bruce’s 13F portfolio value decreased ~8% from $512M to $469M this quarter. Recent 13F reports have shown a total of around 50 positions. The largest five individual stock positions are AMERCO (UHAL), Nextera Energy (NEE), Allstate (ALL), CMS Energy (CMS), and Duke Energy (DUK), and they add up to ~40% of the 13F portfolio.

Below is a spreadsheet that shows the changes to Robert & Jeffrey Bruce's Bruce Fund Holdings US long portfolio holdings as of Q2 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:




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Tracking Michael Price’s MFP Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • Michael Price’s 13F portfolio value decreased from $807M to $771M this quarter. 
  • MFP Investors increased Trinity Place Holdings (TPHS) and Wabco Holdings (WBC) while decreasing Bunge (BG) and BMC Stock Holdings (BMCH) during the quarter. 
  • The largest three individual stock positions are Intel Corporation (INTC), S&W Seed Company (SANW), and Dolby Laboratories (DLB), and they add up to ~23% of the portfolio. 


Michael Price’s 13F portfolio value decreased ~5% from $807M to $771M this quarter. The portfolio is diversified with recent 13F reports showing well over 100 individual stock positions. The top five stakes are Intel Corporation (INTC), S&W Seed Company (SANW), Dolby Laboratories (DLB), CIT Group (CIT), and Trinity Place Holdings (TPHS) and they add up to ~30% of the 13F portfolio.

Below is a spreadsheet that shows the changes to Michael Price's MFP Investors 13F portfolio holdings as of Q2 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:




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Tracking Francis Chou’s Chou Associates Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • Chou’s 13F portfolio value decreased from $236M to $214M during the quarter. 
  • Chou almost sold out of Sanofi (SNY) during the quarter. 
  • Berkshire Hathaway at ~22% of the portfolio is the largest position. 


Francis Chou’s Chou Associates portfolio value decreased ~9% from $236M to $214M during the quarter. The portfolio continues to be very concentrated with just 23 positions. Below is a summary:

1. Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A): The ~22% portfolio position is the largest 13F equity stake. The last major activity was a 50% reduction in Q1 2016 at prices between $187,000 and $214,000. The stock is now at $314,104.   

2. Resolute Forest Products (RFP): The ~15% RFP position has been in the portfolio since 2010 (Abitibibowater at the time) and the cost-basis is much higher compared to the current price. Q2 2013 saw a one-third increase at prices between $13 and $16. The five quarters through Q1 2016 also saw a ~20% combined increase at progressively lower prices between $4 and $19. The stock is now at $4.56. Last two quarters have seen minor trimming.

3. Bausch Health (BHC) previously Valeant: BHC was the largest position at ~15% of the portfolio as of Q3 2017. The original position was from Q1 2016 at prices between $26 and $102 and increased by ~48% the following quarter at prices between $19 and $36. There was another ~35% increase in Q4 2016 at prices between $13.50 and $24.50 and that was followed with a ~20% increase the following quarter at prices between $10.50 and $17. Q2 2017 saw another ~30% increase at prices between $8.50 and $17.30. The stake was almost eliminated in Q4 2017 at prices between $11 and $22. The position was rebuilt in Q1 2018 at prices between $15 and $24. It is currently the third second-largest position at ~19% of the portfolio. The stock currently trades at $21.39. Chou realized losses and rebuilt the stake at lower prices.

Below is a spreadsheet that highlights the changes to the portfolio as of Q2 2019. Please check out our previous update to have an idea on how the portfolio is progressing:



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Tracking Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • The huge ~$20B portfolio has just 14 positions. 
  • The largest stake, Berkshire Hathaway is at a whopping ~51% of the portfolio. 
  • This quarter saw a ~10% trimming in the Berkshire Hathaway stake. 

Gates Foundation portfolio value decreased this quarter from $20.89B to $19.83B. Over the years, the portfolio has become extremely concentrated. In their first 13F filing in 2002, they had about 27 positions and the total portfolio value was ~$1.8B. Currently, the portfolio is well over ten times that while the number of positions has gone down to just 14.

To know more about Gates and the Foundation, check-out the book Bill Gates: The Inspirational Life Story of Bill Gates; Businessman, Inventor, and the World's Most Remarkable Philanthropist.

Below is a summary:

Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B): BRK.B is by far the largest stake at ~51% of the portfolio. The original position is from Q3 2006 at a cost-basis in the mid-60s. The size of the stake peaked at ~87M shares in Q4 2012 and the current position is at ~52M shares. The stake has wavered. Q3 2017 saw a ~15% stake increase as the stock traded between $169 and $184. The stock currently trades at ~$209. Last two quarters have seen ~10% trimmings.

Waste Management (WM):  WM was a very small ~1.2M share position during their first 13F filing in Q3 2002. The current position is at ~18.6M shares (~9% of the portfolio). The bulk of the position is from Q3 2009 when around 8M shares were purchased at a cost-basis in the high-20s. 2010 also saw a ~3M share increase in the mid-30s. Since then, the position has been left untouched. The stock currently goes for ~$117.

Canadian National Railway (CNI): CNI is the third-largest stake at ~8% of the portfolio. Since 2008, the position has remained remarkably steady at ~17M shares. The bulk of the stake was built during the period from 2006 to 2008 at a cost-basis in the low-20s. CNI currently trades at ~$87.

The spreadsheet below shows Gates Foundation’s holdings as of Q2 2019. Please visit our previous updates to get an idea on how the portfolio has progressed:



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Tracking Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • Leon Cooperman’s 13F portfolio value increased from $1.64B to $1.68B this quarter. 
  • Omega Advisors increased UnitedHealth (UNH) and Navient (NAVI) during the quarter. 
  • First Data Corp (FDC), Alphabet Inc. (GOOG), and United Continental (UAL) are the largest three individual stock positions. 


Leon Cooperman’s 13F portfolio value increased marginally from $1.64B to $1.68B this quarter. Although the 13F report has ~70 positions, the portfolio is concentrated with the top five holdings accounting for over ~35% of the entire portfolio: First Data Corp (FDC), Alphabet Inc. (GOOG), United Continental (UAL), Chimera Investment Corp (CIM), and Cigna Corp (CI).

Note 1: On UAL, Cooperman said in October last year that the stock has doubled ($85 PPS at the time) but expects it to reach $120 in twelve to eighteen months. The stock is currently at ~$87.

Note 2: Last year, Leon Cooperman returned investor’s money as he moved to a Family Office Structure. The fund now manages his own money.

Below is a summary:

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG): GOOG is now the second-largest 13F position at ~7% of the portfolio. The bulk of the original stake was purchased in Q2 & Q3 2015 at prices between $530 and $675. It had since been sold down. Q1 2017 saw a ~15% increase at prices between $787 and $852. The stock is now at $1232. H2 2018 saw a ~50% selling at prices between $976 and $1270 while last quarter there was a one-third increase at prices between $1016 and $1232.

Chimera Investment Corp (CIM): CIM is a top five 5.35% of the portfolio stake established in Q4 2018 and built last quarter at prices between $17.90 and $19.40. The stock currently trades at $20.

Below is a spreadsheet that shows the changes to Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors 13F portfolio holdings as of Q2 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:





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Tracking Michael Burry’s Scion Asset Management Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • Michael Burry’s 13F decreased from $98M to $94M this quarter. 
  • Scion Asset Management added Alibaba while dropping JD.com during the quarter.  
  • The top three positions are Western Digital (WDC), Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF), and Tailored Brands (TLRD) and they add up to ~37% of the portfolio. 


Michael Burry’s 13F portfolio decreased marginally from $98M to $94M this quarter. The portfolio is heavily concentrated with recent 13F reports showing around 10 positions. Western Digital (WDC), Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF), Tailored Brands (TLRD), FedEx Corp (FDX), and Alphabet (GOOG).

Below is a summary:

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG): GOOG is currently the fifth-largest position at ~10% of the portfolio. It was established in Q2 2016 at prices between $668 and $767 and the stock is now at $1220. There was minor trimming this quarter.

JD.com (JD): JD was the largest stake in the portfolio at 9.21% as of last quarter. It was purchased this quarter at prices between $20 and $31. The position was disposed this quarter at prices between $25.75 and $31.25. The stock currently trades at $30.04.

In August, it was reported that Scion Asset Management acquired ~3M shares of GameStop (GME) and had urged management to buyback $300M worth of shares using cash-on-hand. The stock was trading at ~$3.75 at the time and currently goes for $5.78.

To know more about Dr. Michael Burry, check out the book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis.

Below is a spreadsheet that shows the changes to Michael Burry's Scion Asset Management US long portfolio holdings as of Q2 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:




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Tracking Thomas Gayner's Markel Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • Gayner’s portfolio increased from $5.97B to $6.50B during the quarter. 
  • Markel increased Goldman Sachs while reducing Oaktree Capital Group during the quarter. 
  • Berkshire Hathaway at ~10.5% of the portfolio is by far the largest position. 

Thomas Gayner’s Markel Investment Portfolio value increased ~9% from $5.97B to $6.50B during the quarter. The portfolio continues to have around 100 different positions although only around 50 are significantly large (more than 0.5% of the portfolio each). The top-five stakes are Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B), CarMax Corporation (KMX), Brookfield Asset Management (BAM), Walt Disney (DIS), and Diageo plc (DEO).

Markel Corporation (MKL) is currently trading at around 1.5-times Book Value (BV) at $1145 per share - BV is ~$752 as of Q2 2019.

Below is a spreadsheet that highlights the changes to the portfolio as of Q2 2019. Please check out our previous update to have an idea on how the portfolio is progressing:




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Tracking Charlie Munger's Daily Journal Portfolio – Q2 2019 Update


  • Charlie Munger’s Daily Journal Portfolio continues to have just four positions. 
  • The portfolio has been largely untouched since their first 13F filing for Q4 2013. 
  • The overall portfolio value increased marginally during the quarter. 

Charlie Munger’s Daily Journal portfolio value increased ~1.5% this quarter from $148M to ~$150M. Since their first 13F filing in Q4 2013, there has only been one change to the holdings: POSCO was reduced significantly in Q4 2014. After accounting for this sale, the portfolio has remained remarkably steady over the last four years. To know more about Charlie Munger, check out the book Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger.

Regarding the origins of this portfolio in 2009, Charlie Munger said the following during Daily Journal’s (DJCO) AGM Q&A last year: “In addition to Daily Journal's businesses, we have a great bundle of securities and want to dispel again that this is not some minor version of Berkshire. We have a bundle, because we bought them at a time when we preferred to own them to holding cash and had a lot of extra liquidity on hand that came to us by accident. The chances of more gains like what we have done in the last four or five years is zero. Oh, well we will have a big gain next quarter, because of a deferred tax reduction from the Trump tax code change, so we will look like a genius for one more quarter, I suppose.” The cost-basis of the positions acquired at the time was $63.4M.

Below is a look at the holdings:

Wells Fargo (WFC): WFC stake forms ~50% of the entire portfolio. The stock was at $45.40 EOY 2013 during their first 13F filing and is now at $49.30.

Bank of America (BAC): BAC is another large stake at ~45% of the portfolio. The stock was at $15.57 during their first 13F filing for EOY 2013 and is now at $30.77.

US Bancorp (USB): USB is a 4.89% of the portfolio position. The stock is at $57.38, around 40% higher compared to the EOY 2013 pricing of ~$40

POSCO (PKX): The minutely small 0.34% portfolio stake was sold down by ~85% in Q4 2014 at prices between $64 and $73. The stock is now at $48.68.

The spreadsheet below shows Charlie Munger's Daily Journal 13F stock holdings as of Q2 2019. Please visit our previous updates to get an idea on how the portfolio has progressed:




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Tracking Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management Portfolio – Q1 2019 Update


  • Philippe Laffont’s 13F portfolio value increased from $8.43B to $9.03B this quarter. 
  • Coatue Management increased Adobe (ADBE), MasterCard (MA), Visa (V), and Intuit (INTU) while decreasing Shopify (SHOP) and dropping Twitter (TWTR), Spotify Technology (SPOT), and Qualcomm (QCOM). 
  • The largest three positions are Liberty Broadband (LBRDK), ServiceNow (NOW), and Amazon.com (AMZN) and they add up to ~23% of the portfolio. 

Philippe Laffont’s 13F portfolio value increased ~7% from $8.43B to $9.03B. Recent 13F reports have shown a total of around 50 individual stock positions in the portfolio. The largest five stakes are Liberty Broadband (LBRDK), ServiceNow (NOW), Amazon.com (AMZN), Facebook Inc. (FB), and Netflix (NFLX) and they add up to around ~37% of the entire portfolio.

Philippe Laffont is one of the most successful among the "tiger cubs". To know more about Julian Robertson and his legendary Tiger Management, check out Julian Robertson: A Tiger in the Land of Bulls and Bears.

Below is a summary:

Broadcom Ltd. (AVGO): AVGO is currently a 2.38% of the portfolio position. The stake saw a ~30% increase in Q4 2017 at prices between $240 and $285. The original position was from Q2 2015 at prices between $120 and $148. The stock is now at $288. There was a ~16% trimming in Q1 2018 and another one-third selling next quarter at prices between $240 and $272. Last two quarters had seen minor trimming while this quarter saw a ~62% selling at prices between $231 and $299. Coatue harvested gains.

Apple Inc. (AAPL): The original position was established in Q3 2016 at prices between $95 and $116. The position has wavered. Recent Activity follow: a ~2.6% portfolio stake was almost sold out in Q2 2018 at prices between $162 and $194. The position was rebuilt next quarter at prices between $184 and $232 but reduced by ~37% last quarter at prices between $147 and $232. The stock is currently trading at $198. This quarter saw the stake disposed at prices between $142 and $195.

Note: Apple had a previous round-trip. A large ~7% long-term stake was disposed in Q1 2016 at prices between $93 and $110.

Facebook Inc. (FB): FB is a large (top five) 7.01% of the portfolio position. The original stake is from Q3 2013 at prices between $24 and $51. The four quarters thru Q2 2016 had seen a ~50% combined reduction at prices between $86 and $120. There was an about turn in Q3 2016: ~50% increase at prices between $114 and $131. The stock currently trades at $193. There was a ~25% reduction in Q4 2017 at prices between $168 and $183. H1 2018 saw a ~30% increase at prices between $152 and $202 while next quarter there was a similar reduction at prices between $160 and $218. There was a ~10% stake increase last quarter while this quarter saw a ~18% selling.

Liberty Broadband (LBRDK): LBRDK is currently the largest position at 8.17% of the portfoio. It was established in Q2 2016 at prices between $55 and $60. The stock is now at $104.

Shopify (SHOP): SHOP was a ~4% of the portfolio stake established in Q2 2017 at prices between $85 and $123. The stake saw a whopping 170% increase in Q4 2017 at prices between $92 and $119. The stock is now at $300. Q2 2018 saw a ~28% selling at prices between $117 and $173 and that was followed with a ~50% reduction next quarter at prices between $133 and $174. The stake was disposed this quarter at prices between $130 and $208.

Below is a spreadsheet that shows the changes to Philippe Laffont's Coatue Management 13F long portfolio holdings as of Q1 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:




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Tracking John Armitage’s Egerton Capital Portfolio – Q1 2019 Update


  • John Armitage’s 13F portfolio value increased from $12.02B to $14.16B this quarter. 
  • Egerton Capital added Fiserv (FISV), Boeing (BA), and Tiffany (TIF) while reducing UnitedHealth Group (UNH) during the quarter.  
  • Union Pacific (UNP), Microsoft (MSFT), and American Express (AXP) are the largest three positions in the portfolio. 

John Arimitage’s 13F portfolio value increased ~18% this quarter from $12.02B to $14.16B. The portfolio is very concentrated with recent 13Fs listing around 30 positions. The largest five individual stock positions are Union Pacific (UNP), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), American Express (AXP), Charter Communications (CHTR), and CSX Corporation (CSX) and they add up to ~38% of the entire portfolio.

Below is a summary:

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG): The large 5.26% stake was established in Q4 2017 at prices between $968 and $1077 and the stock currently trades at $1081. There was a ~17% stake increase last quarter at prices between $976 and $1203 and that was followed with a ~4% increase this quarter.

Note: Alphabet Inc. has seen several roundtrips in the portfolio going back to 2011.

MasterCard (MA): MA was first purchased in Q2 2014 at prices between $69 and $78. The position has wavered since. Recent activity follow: there was a ~40% selling in Q4 2017 at prices between $140 and $155 and that was followed with a one-third reduction next quarter at prices between $155 and $184. Q3 2018 saw a ~40% selling at prices between $196 and $223 while last quarter saw a stake doubling at prices between $175 and $224. The stock is currently trading at ~$265. This quarter also saw a ~15% stake increase.

Below is a spreadsheet that highlights the changes to John Armitage's Egerton Capital 13F stock portfolio as of Q1 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:




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Tracking Jeremey Grantham’s GMO Capital Portfolio – Q1 2019 Update


  • Jeremey Grantham’s 13F portfolio value increased from $12.52B to $13.90B this quarter. 
  • GMO Capital decreased Alphabet (GOOG) and United Technologies (UTX) during the quarter.   
  • The largest three individual stock positions are Alphabet Inc., Apple, and Microsoft Corporation and they add up to ~13% of the portfolio. 

Jeremey Grantham’s 13F portfolio value increased ~11% from $12.52B to $13.90B this quarter. The portfolio is diversified with recent 13F reports showing well over 500 different positions. The largest five stakes are Alphabet Inc. (GOOG), Apple Inc. (AAPL), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Oracle Corporation (ORCL), and 3M (MMM) and they add up to ~19% of the portfolio.

Note: In January 2018, Jeremey Grantham predicted the market to be in a melt-up (S&P 3400 to 3800 in short order). At the time, he thought emerging markets were a safe bet. As a secondary recommendation, EAFE equities were suggested. Consistent with that call, he increased the iShares MSCI Emerging Market ETF (EEM) allocation to a 3.11% portfolio stake thru Q3 2018. That quarter saw the position reduced by ~80% to a small 0.72% portfolio stake. The position was increased by ~80% this quarter and is now a 1.32% of the portfolio stake.

Below is a spreadsheet that shows the changes to Jeremey Grantham's GMO Capital 13F portfolio holdings as of Q1 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:




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Tracking Jeff Smith’s Starboard Value Portfolio – Q1 2019 Update


  • Jeff Smith’s 13F portfolio value increased from $3.24B to $4.09B this quarter. 
  • Symantec Corp (SYMC) and iShares Russell 200 Value ETF stakes were increased while decreasing Marvell Technology (MRVL) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). 
  • The largest three individual stock positions are Symantec (SYMC), Advanced Auto Parts (AAP), and Perrigo (PRGO) and they add up to ~45% of the portfolio. 

Jeff Smith’s 13F portfolio value increased ~26% from $3.24B to $4.09B this quarter. The portfolio is very concentrated with recent 13F reports showing around twenty stakes. The top five positions are Symantec Corporation (SYMC), Advanced Auto Parts (AAP), Perrigo plc (PRGO), Marvell Technology (MRVL), and eBay Inc. (EBAY). They add up to ~61% of the portfolio.

Below is a spreadsheet that shows the changes to Jeff Smith's Starboard Value 13F portfolio holdings as of Q1 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:




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Tracking Stanley Druckenmiller's Duquesne Family Office Portfolio – Q1 2019 Update


  • Stanley Druckenmiller’s 13F portfolio value increased from $1.73B to $3.44B this quarter. 
  • Duquesne added T-Mobile US (TMUS) while increasing iShares MSCI Emerging Market ETF (EEM) & Netflix (NFLX) and dropping Salesforce.com (CRM). 
  • Duquesne Family Office portfolio has 61 positions with the top three accounting for around ~32% of the portfolio. 

Stanley Druckenmiller’s portfolio value doubled this quarter from $1.73B to $3.44B. The pattern of very high turnover QoQ continued - many positions were dropped and new ones added. The nimble trading is typical of the trend-following style. To know more about Druckenmiller's trading style check out Trend Following: Learn to Make Millions in Up or Down Markets.



Below is a spreadsheet that highlights the changes to Stanley Druckenmiller's Duquesne Family Office 13F stock portfolio as of Q1 2019. For a look at how his portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:



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Tracking Mick McGuire’s Marcato Capital Management Portfolio – Q1 2019 Update


  • Mick McGuire’s 13F portfolio value increased from $454M to $644M this quarter. 
  • Marcato Capital Management added a huge short position in iShares Russell 2000 thru selling Puts during the quarter. 
  • The largest three individual stock positions are IAC Interactive (IAC), Terex Corp (TEX), and Rayonier Advanced Materials (RAYM) and they add up to ~50% of the portfolio. 

Mick McGuire’s 13F portfolio value increased ~42% from $454M to $644M this quarter. Recent 13F reports show ~20 individual stock positions. The top five stakes are IAC Interactive (IAC), Terex Corp (TEX), Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), DXC Technology (DXC), and Fortune Brands Home & Security (FBHS) and they add up to around ~58% of the 13F portfolio.

Note: In September 2018, McGuire said he expects Terex Corporation shares to triple although it had already doubled since he first invested in July 2016. Shares were trading in the low-40s at the time. It currently trades at $31.47.

Below is a spreadsheet that shows the changes to Mick McGuire's Marcato Capital 13F portfolio holdings as of Q1 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:





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Tracking Baker Brothers Portfolio – Q1 2019 Update


  • Baker Brothers’ 13F portfolio value increased from $12.21B to $15.62B. 
  • Ascendis Pharma (ASND) and Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX) stakes were increased while reducing Genomic Health during the quarter. 
  • The top-three positions are Seattle Genetics (SGEN), Incyte Corporation (INCY), and BeiGene (BGNE) and they add up to almost ~53% of the portfolio. 

This article is part of a series that provides an ongoing analysis of the changes made to Baker Brothers’ 13F portfolio on a quarterly basis. It is based on Baker Brothers’ regulatory 13F Form filed on 05/14/2019.

This quarter, Baker Brothers’ 13F portfolio value increased ~28% from $12.21B to $15.62B. The top three holdings are at ~53% while the top five holdings are just over two-thirds of the 13F assets: Seattle Genetics (SGEN), Incyte Corporation (INCY), BeiGene (BGNE), Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), and Acadia Pharma (ACAD).

The spreadsheet below highlights changes to Baker Brothers’ 13F holdings in Q1 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, please see our previous update:



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Tracking Guy Spier's Aquamarine Capital Portfolio – Q1 2019 Update


  • Aquamarine Capital’s 13F portfolio value increased from $178M to $181M. 
  • They increased Seritage Growth Properties while reducing Seritage Growth Properties and dropping General Motors. 
  • Berkshire Hathaway and Fiat Chrysler are the largest two positions. 

Guy Spier’s Aquamarine Capital Portfolio value increased ~2% from $178M to $181M during the quarter. The portfolio is very concentrated with just 10 positions. The largest five positions are Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), Fiat Chrysler Auto (FCAU), Ferrari NV (RACE), American Express (AXP), and Bank of America (BAC). They together add up to ~77% of the entire portfolio. Most of the top positions have remained steady in recent quarters.

Below is a spreadsheet that highlights the changes to the portfolio as of Q1 2019. Please check out our previous update to have an idea on how the portfolio is progressing:




Note: The reduction in Wells Fargo stake is due to 110K shares in TARP-Warrants that expired during the quarter. The common position was increased by one-third.

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Tracking Thyra Zerhusen’s Fairpointe Capital Portfolio – Q1 2019 Update


  • Thyra Zerhusen’s 13F portfolio value increased from $2.91B to $3B this quarter. 
  • Fairpointe Capital increased Wabtec (WAB) and Magna International (MGA) while reducing New York Times (NYT) and Teradata (TDC).  
  • The largest three positions are Tegra Inc. (TGNA), Mattel (MAT), and Molson Coors (TAP). 


Thyra Zerhusen’s 13F portfolio value increased ~3% from $2.91B to $3B this quarter. Recent 13F reports have shown a total of around 70 individual stock positions in the portfolio. The largest five stakes are Tegna Inc. (TGNA), Mattel (MAT), Molson Coors (TAP), Meredith Corp (MDP), Lions Gate International (LGF.B), and they together add up to ~18% of the portfolio.


Note: Regulatory Filings show Fairpointe having significant ownership stakes in the following businesses: Cars.com (CARS), Copa Holdings (CPA), CREE Inc. (CREE), Cooper Tire & Rubber (CTB), Domtar (UFS), Itron Inc. (ITRI), McDermott Intl. (MDR), New York Times (NYT), Office Depot (ODP), Tegna Inc. (TGNA), Scholastic (SCHL), Unisys (UIS), and Werner Enterprises (WERN).


Below is a spreadsheet that highlights the changes to Thyra Zerhusen's Fairpointe Portfolio 13F stock portfolio as of Q1 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:





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Tracking Robert & Jeffrey Bruce’s Bruce Fund Portfolio – Q1 2019 Update


  • Robert & Jeffrey Bruce’s 13F portfolio value increased ~9% from $470M to $512M this quarter. 
  • Bruce Fund increased Compass Minerals (CMP) and Apple (AAPL) while reducing Allergan plc. 
  • The largest three individual stock positions are AMERCO, Nextera Energy, and Allstate (ALL) and they add up to ~27% of the portfolio. 

Robert & Jeffrey Bruce’s 13F portfolio value increased ~9% from $470M to $512M this quarter. Recent 13F reports have shown a total of around 50 positions. The largest five individual stock positions are AMERCO (UHAL), Nextera Energy (NEE), Allstate (ALL), Duke Energy (DUK), and Merck (MRK), and they add up to ~39% of the 13F portfolio.

Below is a spreadsheet that shows the changes to Robert & Jeffrey Bruce's Bruce Fund Holdings US long portfolio holdings as of Q1 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:




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Tracking Michael Price’s MFP Portfolio – Q1 2019 Update


  • Michael Price’s 13F portfolio value increased from $734M to $807M this quarter. 
  • MFP Investors decreased Bunge (BG) while adding Celgene Corp (CELG) and dropping XPO Logistics (XPO). 
  • The largest three individual stock positions are Intel Corporation (INTC), S&W Seed Company (SANW), and Dolby Laboratories (DLB), and they add up to ~23% of the portfolio. 

Michael Price’s 13F portfolio value increased ~10% from $734M to $807M this quarter. The portfolio is diversified with recent 13F reports showing well over 100 individual stock positions. The top five stakes are Intel Corporation (INTC), S&W Seed Company (SANW), Dolby Laboratories (DLB), CIT Group (CIT), and AT&T Inc. (T) and they add up to ~30% of the 13F portfolio.

Below is a spreadsheet that shows the changes to Michael Price's MFP Investors 13F portfolio holdings as of Q1 2019. For a look at how the portfolio has progressed, see our previous update:




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Tracking Francis Chou’s Chou Associates Portfolio – Q1 2019 Update


  • Chou’s 13F portfolio value increased from $223M to $236M during the quarter. 
  • Chou decreased Sanofi (SNY) during the quarter. 
  • Berkshire Hathaway at ~19% of the portfolio is the largest position. 

Francis Chou’s Chou Associates portfolio value increased ~6% from $223M to $237M during the quarter. The portfolio continues to be very concentrated with just 25 positions. Below is a summary:

1. Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A): The ~19% portfolio position is the largest 13F equity stake. The last major activity was a 50% reduction in Q1 2016 at prices between $187,000 and $214,000. The stock is now at $318,285.   

2. Resolute Forest Products (RFP): The ~17% RFP position has been in the portfolio since 2010 (Abitibibowater at the time) and the cost-basis is much higher compared to the current price. Q2 2013 saw a one-third increase at prices between $13 and $16. The five quarters through Q1 2016 also saw a ~20% combined increase at progressively lower prices between $4 and $19. The stock is now at $6.53. There was a ~7% trimming in Q4 2017 while Q3 2018 saw a similar increase. There was a ~3% trimming this quarter.

3. Bausch Health (BHC) previously Valeant: BHC was the largest position at ~15% of the portfolio as of Q3 2017. The original position was from Q1 2016 at prices between $26 and $102 and increased by ~48% the following quarter at prices between $19 and $36. There was another ~35% increase in Q4 2016 at prices between $13.50 and $24.50 and that was followed with a ~20% increase the following quarter at prices between $10.50 and $17. Q2 2017 saw another ~30% increase at prices between $8.50 and $17.30. The stake was almost eliminated in Q4 2017 at prices between $11 and $22. The position was rebuilt in Q1 2018 at prices between $15 and $24. It is currently the third second-largest position at ~17% of the portfolio. The stock currently trades at $24.84. Chou realized losses and rebuilt the stake at lower prices.

Below is a spreadsheet that highlights the changes to the portfolio as of Q1 2019. Please check out our previous update to have an idea on how the portfolio is progressing:



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Tracking Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Portfolio – Q1 2019 Update


  • The huge ~$21B portfolio has just 16 positions. 
  • The largest stake, Berkshire Hathaway is at a whopping ~50% of the portfolio. 
  • This quarter saw a 50% reduction in the Microsoft Corporation stake. 

Gates Foundation portfolio value decreased this quarter from $21.93B to $20.89B. Over the years, the portfolio has become extremely concentrated. In their first 13F filing in 2002, they had about 27 positions and the total portfolio value was ~$1.8B. Currently, the portfolio is well over ten times that while the number of positions has gone down to just 16.

To know more about Gates and the Foundation, check-out the book Bill Gates: The Inspirational Life Story of Bill Gates; Businessman, Inventor, and the World's Most Remarkable Philanthropist.

Below is a summary:

Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B): BRK.B is by far the largest stake at ~50% of the portfolio. The original position is from Q3 2006 at a cost-basis in the mid-60s. The size of the stake peaked at ~87M shares in Q4 2012 and the current position is at ~52M shares. The stake has wavered. Q3 2017 saw a ~15% stake increase as the stock traded between $169 and $184 while the next two quarters saw ~7% reductions each. The stock currently trades at ~$212. There was a ~6% increase in Q3 2018 while last quarter saw a similar reduction. There was another ~9% trimming this quarter.

Waste Management (WM):  WM was a very small ~1.2M share position during their first 13F filing in Q3 2002. The current position is at ~18.6M shares (~9% of the portfolio). The bulk of the position is from Q3 2009 when around 8M shares were purchased at a cost-basis in the high-20s. 2010 also saw a ~3M share increase in the mid-30s. Since then, the position has been left untouched. The stock currently goes for ~$116.

Canadian National Railway (CNI): CNI is the third-largest stake at ~7% of the portfolio. Since 2008, the position has remained remarkably steady at ~17M shares. The bulk of the stake was built during the period from 2006 to 2008 at a cost-basis in the low-20s. CNI currently trades at ~$92.

The spreadsheet below shows Gates Foundation’s holdings as of Q1 2019. Please visit our previous updates to get an idea on how the portfolio has progressed:




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