Exxon Mobile Tops AQR Capital’s Heaviest Basic Materials Equity Investments

Wall St. Watchdog reveals information regarding AQR Capital’s top holdings in the Basic Materials sector for the quarter ending September 30th, 2011. The firm held 270 stocks in the Basic Materials sector at the end of the quarter with an aggregate market value of $1.518 billion.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM): On 06/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 1,617,536 shares with a market value of $131,635,075. This comprised 0.97% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 2,367,517 shares with a market value of $171,952,753. This comprised 1.39% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 749,981. About Company: Exxon Mobil Corporation operates petroleum and petrochemicals businesses on a worldwide basis. The Company’s operations include exploration and production of oil and gas, electric power generation, and coal and minerals operations. Exxon Mobil also manufactures and markets fuels, lubricants, and chemicals.

Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX): On 06/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 1,088,434 shares with a market value of $111,934,549. This comprised 0.82% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 1,275,880 shares with a market value of $118,133,725. This comprised 0.96% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 187,446. About Company: Chevron Corporation is an integrated energy company with operations in countries located around the world. The Company produces and transports crude oil and natural gas. Chevron also refines, markets, and distributes fuels as well as is involved in chemical operations, mining operations, power generation and energy services.

Conocophillips (NYSE:COP): On 06/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 1,124,336 shares with a market value of $84,538,827. This comprised 0.62% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 1,349,122 shares with a market value of $85,426,405. This comprised 0.69% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 224,786. About Company: ConocoPhillips is an international, integrated energy company which operates in several business segments. The Company explores for and produces petroleum, and refines, markets, supplies, and transports petroleum. ConocoPhillips also gathers and processes natural gas, and produces and distributes chemicals and plastics.

Nalco Holding Co. (NYSE:NLC): On 06/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 0 shares. On 09/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 2,287,951 shares with a market value of $80,032,525. This comprised 0.65% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 2,287,951. About Company: Nalco Holding Co. provides integrated water treatment and process improvement services, chemicals and equipment programs for industrial and institutional applications. The Company’s products and services are used in water treatment applications to prevent corrosion, contamination and the buildup of harmful deposits, or in production processes to enhance process efficiency.

Freeport-mcmoran Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX): On 06/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 450,900 shares with a market value of $23,852,611. This comprised 0.17% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 2,082,887 shares with a market value of $63,423,911. This comprised 0.51% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 1,631,987. About Company: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., through its subsidiary, is a copper, gold and molybdenum mining company. The Company primarily mines for copper and owns mining interests in Chile and Indonesia. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold also, through a subsidiary, is involved in smelting and refining of copper concentrates.

Arch Chemicals Inc. (NYSE:ARJ): On 06/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 25,000 shares with a market value of $861,000. This comprised 0.01% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 1,301,556 shares with a market value of $61,069,005. This comprised 0.5% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 1,276,556. About Company: Arch Chemicals, Inc. manufactures specialty chemicals and provides value-added products and services to various industries. The Company produces microelectronic chemicals, water chemicals, and performance chemicals.

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO): On 06/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 1,266,186 shares with a market value of $66,702,679. This comprised 0.49% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 2,618,282 shares with a market value of $56,502,525. This comprised 0.46% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 1,352,096. About Company: Marathon Oil Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an integrated oil firm with operations worldwide. The Company explores for and produces and markets liquid hydrocarbons and natural gas on a worldwide basis. Marathon also mines, extracts and transports bitumen from oil sands deposits in Alberta, Canada and refines, markets and transports crude oil and petroleum products.

Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE:VLO): On 06/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 1,454,000 shares with a market value of $37,178,780. This comprised 0.27% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 2,356,345 shares with a market value of $41,895,816. This comprised 0.34% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 902,345. About Company: Valero Energy Corporation is an independent petroleum refining and marketing company that owns and operates refineries in the United States, Canada, and Aruba. The Company produces conventional gasolines, distillates, jet fuel, asphalt, petrochemicals, lubricants, and other refined products as well as diesel fuel, low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, and oxygenates.

Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. (NYSE:HLX): On 06/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 1,613,497 shares with a market value of $26,719,509. This comprised 0.2% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 2,527,774 shares with a market value of $33,113,840. This comprised 0.27% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 914,277. About Company: Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. is a marine contractor and operator of offshore oil and gas properties and production facilities. The Company seeks to align the interests of the producer and contractor by investing in mature offshore oil and gas properties, hub production facilities, and undeveloped reserve plays.

Cf Industries Holdings Inc. (NYSE:CF): On 06/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 41,673 shares with a market value of $5,903,814. This comprised 0.04% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, AQR Capital reported holding 199,966 shares with a market value of $24,673,805. This comprised 0.2% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 158,293. About Company: CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products in North America. The Company’s principal products in the nitrogen segment are ammonia, urea and urea ammonium nitrate solution and its principal products in the phosphate segment are diammonium phosphate, monoammonium phosphate, and granular muriate of potash.

(Note: Data regarding AQR Capital’s stock holdings are sourced from whalewisdom.com. All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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