Fast Money's Whale Watching

Whale Watching

Attention landlubbers, it’s time to go whale watching – Fast Money style. Our whales aren’t massive sea creatures, so much as massive investors who are massively wealthy... and they’ve just surfaced to reveal their top holdings. Compared to them, the rest of us are just little fish. But like real fish, that doesn’t mean you can’t swim in their wake!

Attention landlubbers, it’s time to go whale watching – Fast Money style.

Our whales aren’t massive sea creatures, so much as massive investors who are massively wealthy... and they’ve recently surfaced to reveal their top holdings.

Compared to them, the rest of us are just little fish. But like real fish, that doesn’t mean you can’t swim in their wake!

Posted 8 Dec 2009

Warren Buffett

Position: CEO, Berkshire Hatahway One of the most successful stock market investors in history, Buffett is a value investor who often says, “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful."New Stake Republic Services (RSG)Increased Stake Walmart (WMT)Increased Stake Nestle (NSRGY)Decreased Stake Conoco (COP)Disclosed Stake Exxon Mobil (XOM)
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Position: CEO, Berkshire Hatahway

One of the most successful stock market investors in history, Buffett is a value investor who often says, “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful."

Noteworthy Trades a/o Sept. 30th
New Stake Republic Services (RSG)
Increased Stake Walmart (WMT)
Increased Stake Nestle (NSRGY)
Decreased Stake Conoco (COP)
Disclosed Stake Exxon Mobil (XOM)

Carl Icahn

Position: Founder and Chairman, Icahn Partners Called the shrewdest investors on the planet by Fortune, Ichan amassed his wealth as an activist investor. He’s so effective at maximizing shareholder value that a company’s stock can rise just because Icahn holds it. Increased Stake Genzyme (GENZ)Decreased Stake Yahoo! (YHOO)Held Steady Biogen (BIIB)Held Steady Motorola (MOT)
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Position: Founder and Chairman, Icahn Partners

Called the shrewdest investors on the planet by Fortune, Ichan amassed his wealth as an activist investor. He’s so effective at maximizing shareholder value that a company’s stock can rise just because Icahn holds it.

Noteworthy Trades a/o Sept. 30th
Increased Stake Genzyme (GENZ)
Decreased Stake Yahoo! (YHOO)
Held Steady Biogen (BIIB)
Held Steady Motorola (MOT)

Bill Ackman

Position: Founder and CEO, Pershing Square Capital Management Ackman is known to take large positions in a relatively small number of companies and then advocate for strategic changes. He’s lately made headlines for clashing with management at Target.New Stake Landry's Restaurants (LNY)New Stake Corrections Corp. (CXW)Increased Stake McDonald’s (MCD)Increased Stake Target (TGT)Decreased Stake ADP (ADP)
Photo: Pershing Square Capital Management

Position: Founder and CEO, Pershing Square Capital Management

Ackman is known to take large positions in a relatively small number of companies and then advocate for strategic changes. He’s lately made headlines for clashing with management at Target.

Noteworthy Trades a/o Sept. 30th
New Stake Landry's Restaurants (LNY)
New Stake Corrections Corp. (CXW)
Increased Stake McDonald’s (MCD)
Increased Stake Target (TGT)
Decreased Stake ADP (ADP)

John Paulson

Position: President, Paulson & Co. The hedge fund manager is among the very few who profited from the sharp downturn in 2007 by betting against banks, mortgage backed securities and more. New Stake Citigroup (C)Decreased Stake JPMorgan (JPM)Decreased Stake In Bank of America (BAC)Liquidated Stake In Goldman Sachs (GS)

Position: President, Paulson & Co.

The hedge fund manager is among the very few who profited from the sharp downturn in 2007 by betting against banks, mortgage backed securities and more.

Noteworthy Trades a/o Sept. 30th
New Stake Citigroup (C)
Decreased Stake JPMorgan (JPM)
Decreased Stake In Bank of America (BAC)
Liquidated Stake In Goldman Sachs (GS)

T. Boone Pickens

Position: Founder, BP Capital ManagementAn activist investor and maverick Texan, Pickens largely focuses on extracting value from energy companies and is perhaps best known for his pursuit of Gulf Oil in the 1980’s. New Stake SandRidge Energy (SD)Increased Stake In Forest Oil (FST) Increased Stake Chesapeake Energy (CHK)
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Position: Founder, BP Capital Management

An activist investor and maverick Texan, Pickens largely focuses on extracting value from energy companies and is perhaps best known for his pursuit of Gulf Oil in the 1980’s.

Noteworthy Trades a/o Sept. 30th
New Stake SandRidge Energy (SD)
Increased Stake In Forest Oil (FST)
Increased Stake Chesapeake Energy (CHK)

Steve Cohen

Position: Founder, SAC Capital Partners Called “the most powerful trader on Wall Street,” by BusinessWeek Cohen largely focuses on equities and is celebrated for his ability to instinctively spot winners.Decreased Stake Bank of America (BAC)Liquidated Stake Occidental Petroleum (OXY)Decreased Stake Apple (AAPL)Decreased Stake Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC).

Position: Founder, SAC Capital Partners

Called “the most powerful trader on Wall Street,” by BusinessWeek Cohen largely focuses on equities and is celebrated for his ability to instinctively spot winners.

Noteworthy Trades a/o Sept. 30th

Decreased Stake Bank of America (BAC)
Liquidated Stake Occidental Petroleum (OXY)
Decreased Stake Apple (AAPL)
Decreased Stake Anadarko (APC).

David Einhorn

Position: President & Founder, Greenlight Capital Among the few to foresee the collapse of Lehman, he’s known to actively seek out stocks that are mispriced and then place long or short bets, accordingly.New Stake Barrick Gold (ABX) New Stake Travelers. (TRV) Increased Stake Cardinal Health (CAH) Increased Stake Microsoft (MSFT) Maintained Stake Gold Miners ETF (GDX)

Position: President & Founder, Greenlight Capital

Among the few to foresee the collapse of Lehman, he’s known to actively seek out stocks that are mispriced and then place long or short bets, accordingly.

Noteworthy Trades a/o Sept. 30th
New Stake Barrick Gold (ABX)
New Stake Travelers. (TRV)
Increased Stake Cardinal Health (CAH)
Increased Stake Microsoft (MSFT)
Maintained Stake Gold Miners ETF (GDX)

John Griffin

Position: Founder, Blue Ridge Capital Known as a Tiger cub (a protégé of Julian Robertson of Tiger Management) Griffin typically takes long positions in companies that dominate their industries and he shorts those which he feels have fundamental problems New Stake JPMorgan (JPM)New Stake Gold Miners ETF (GDX)Increased Stake Amazon (AMZN)Increased Stake Palm (PALM)Decreased Stake Apple (AAPL)

Position: Founder, Blue Ridge Capital

Known as a Tiger cub (a protégé of Julian Robertson of Tiger Management) Griffin typically takes long positions in companies that dominate their industries and he shorts those which he feels have fundamental problems.

Noteworthy Trades a/o Sept. 30th
New Stake JPMorgan (JPM)
New Stake Gold Miners ETF (GDX)
Increased Stake Amazon (AMZN)
Increased Stake Palm (PALM)
Decreased Stake Apple (AAPL)

Stephen Mandel Jr

Position: Founder, Lone Pine CapitalAlso a student of Julian Robertson, Mandel typically seeks u solid companies, with good management that are trading below their intrinsic value.New Stake Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR)New Stake Walter Industries (WLT)New Stake FLIR Systems (FLR)New Stake MSCI (MXB)Increased Stake Discovery (DISCA)

Position: Founder, Lone Pine Capital

Also a student of Julian Robertson, Mandel typically seeks solid companies, with good management teams that are trading below their intrinsic value.

Noteworthy Trades a/o Sept. 30th
New Stake Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR)
New Stake Walter Industries (WLT)
New Stake FLIR Systems (FLR)
New Stake MSCI (MXB)
Increased Stake Discovery (DISCA)