World’s Largest Hedge Fund Likes These Consumer Cyclical Stocks

As the S&P 500 Index trades at 1,181, Wall St. Watchdog reveals information about Bridgewater Associates’ top investments in the Consumer Cyclical sector:

  • Leggett & Platt, Inc. (NYSE:LEG): On 3/31/11 Bridgewater Associates reported holding 476,655 shares with a market value of $11,678,048. This comprised 0.20% of the total portfolio. On 6/30/11, Bridgewater Associates held 1,159,916 shares with a market value of $28,278,751. This comprised 0.40% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 683,261. About the company: Leggett & Platt, Incorporated manufactures a wide range of engineered products. The Company’s products include components for bedding, furniture, and other residential furnishings, as well as office and institutional furnishings components, retail store fixtures, and displays, specialty wire products, and automotive seating suspension and lumbar systems.
  • Genuine Parts Co. (NYSE:GPC): On 3/31/11 Bridgewater Associates reported holding 289,268 shares with a market value of $15,516,335. This comprised 0.26% of the total portfolio. On 6/30/11, Bridgewater Associates held 514,168 shares with a market value of $27,970,740. This comprised 0.40% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 224,900. About the company: Genuine Parts Company distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products, and electrical/electronic materials. The Company conducts business throughout most of the United States, in Canada, and in Mexico.
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (NYSE:GT): On 3/31/11 Bridgewater Associates reported holding 835,627 shares with a market value of $12,517,692. This comprised 0.21% of the total portfolio. On 6/30/11, Bridgewater Associates held 1,666,327 shares with a market value of $27,944,305. This comprised 0.39% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 830,700. About the company: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells tires for most applications. The Company also manufactures and markets several lines of rubber and rubber-related chemicals and provides automotive repair services. Goodyear also retreads truck, aircraft, and heavy equipment tires. The Company provides its products and services worldwide.
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. (NYSE:RL): On 3/31/11 Bridgewater Associates reported holding 15,851 shares with a market value of $1,959,976. This comprised 0.03% of the total portfolio. On 6/30/11, Bridgewater Associates held 112,051 shares with a market value of $14,859,083. This comprised 0.21% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 96,200. About the company: Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation designs, markets, and distributes men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, accessories, fragrances, and home furnishings. The Company’s products are sold under a wide range of brands. Polo’s operations include Wholesale, Retail and Licensing.
  • TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE:TRW): On 3/31/11 Bridgewater Associates reported holding 286,267 shares with a market value of $15,767,587. This comprised 0.27% of the total portfolio. On 6/30/11, Bridgewater Associates held 232,338 shares with a market value of $13,714,912. This comprised 0.19% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -53,929. About the company: TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. supplies automotive systems, modules, and components to global automotive vehicle manufacturers and related aftermarkets. The Company’s products include active and passive safety related products. TRW’s products are primarily used in the manufacture of light vehicles.
  • Jones Apparel Group, Inc. (NYSE:JNY): On 3/31/11 Bridgewater Associates reported holding 92,471 shares with a market value of $1,271,476. This comprised 0.02% of the total portfolio. On 6/30/11, Bridgewater Associates held 978,459 shares with a market value of $10,616,281. This comprised 0.15% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 885,988. About the company: The Jones Group Inc. designs, markets, and wholesales a variety of branded apparel, footwear, jeanswear, jewelry and handbags, including sportswear, jeanswear, suits, dresses, and footwear. The Company also markets directly to consumers through branded specialty retail and outlet stores and through its e-commerce sites.

(Note: Data on Bridgewater Associates’ stock holdings are sourced from whalewisdom.com.  All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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