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’ve also uncovered a number of stocks that superinvestors have sold, or reduced in their portfolios, according to their latest 13f’s. So we’re now providing a new weekly feature article called ‘One Stock Superinvestors Are Selling‘. This week we’ll take a look at:
Merck & Co Inc (MRK)
Merck makes pharmaceutical products to treat several conditions in a number of therapeutic areas, including cardiometabolic disease, cancer, and infections. Within cancer, the firm’s immuno-oncology platform is growing as a major contributor to overall sales. The company also has a substantial vaccine business, with treatments to prevent hepatitis B and pediatric diseases as well as HPV and shingles. Additionally, Merck sells animal health-related drugs. From a geographical perspective, just under half of the company’s sales are generated in the United States.
A quick look at the price chart below for the company shows us that the stock is up 34% in the past twelve months.
Superinvestors who reduced, or sold out of the company’s stock, according to their latest 13Fs, include:
Ken Fisher – 12,036,457
Jim Simons – 4,563,234
Cliff Asness – 3,926,972
Israel Englander – 1,343,340
Steve Cohen – 594,800
Joel Greenblatt – 179,346
Mario Gabelli – 172,885
Rich Pzena – 6,425
Tom Russo – 3,858
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