One Stock Superinvestors Are Buying Or Holding (13)

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As part of the weekly research here at The Acquirer’s Multiple we’re always interested in superinvestors who hold the same stocks that appear in our Acquirer’s Multiple Stock Screeners, based on their latest 13F’s. Investors such as Warren Buffett, Joel Greenblatt, Carl Icahn, Jim Simons, Prem Watsa, Jeremy Grantham, Seth Klarman, Ray Dalio, and Howard Marks.

While doing this research we also uncovered a number of superinvestors that currently hold stocks that don’t appear in our screens at the moment. So we’re now providing a new weekly feature article called ‘One Stock Superinvestors Are Buying‘ which features one stock that appears in a number of superinvestor portfolos, and who’s buying it, or holding it. This week we’ll take a look at:

Alphabet Inc Class C (NASDAQ: GOOG)

Alphabet is a holding company, with Google, the Internet media giant, as a wholly owned subsidiary. Google generates 99% of Alphabet revenue, of which more than 85% is from online ads. Google’s other revenue is from sales of apps and content on Google Play and YouTube, as well as cloud service fees and other licensing revenue. Sales of hardware such as Chromebooks, the Pixel smartphone, and smart homes products, which include Nest and Google Home, also contribute to other revenue. Alphabet’s moonshot investments are in its other bets segment, where it bets on technology to enhance health (Verily), faster Internet access to homes (Google Fiber), self-driving cars (Waymo), and more. Alphabet’s operating margin has been 25%-30%, with Google at 30% and other bets operating at a loss.

A quick look at the price chart below for Alphabet Inc Class C shows us that the stock is up 21% in the past twelve months.

(Source: Morningstar)

Superinvestors who currently hold positions in Alphabet Inc Class C include:

Chris Davis – 800,800 shares

Ruane Cunniff – 636,694 shares

David Tepper – 361,000 shares

Jean-Marie Eveillard – 317,337 shares

Seth Klarman – 300,500 shares

Donald Yacktman – 237,473 shares

Lee Ainslie – 211,453 shares

Ken Fisher – 198,266 shares

Jeremy Grantham – 178,130 shares

Mason Hawkins – 161,183 shares

Jim Simons – 154,485 shares

Tom Gayner – 137,493 shares

Tweedy Browne – 120,198 shares

Wally Weitz – 89,900 shares

Ken Griffin – 61,508 shares

Mario Gabelli – 53,936 shares

Bill Gates – 42,981 shares

Ron Baron – 42,824 shares

Francois Rochon – 34,142 shares

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