Hot $17 Billion Hedge Fund Activity, Stock Buys, Feb 22nd

Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital has $17 Billion in assets under management. His personal wealth is about one tenth of that. Mandel is a Tiger cub, leaving Julian Robertson in 1997 to launch Lone Pine. He’s a “bottom-up” investor with great stock picking skills. He returned about 23% during the past 11 years, beating the S&P 500 index (NYSEArca:SPY) by more than 20 percentage points per year.

Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital had 52 stocks in its 13F portfolio valued at $12.1 Billion at the end of December. He bought 15 new stocks during the fourth quarter, totaling nearly $3 Billion. Here’s how they performed this year:

Company Ticker Return Value (Million)
CITIGROUP INC (NYSE:C) 3.8% 687
SCHLUMBERGER LTD (NYSE:SLB) 14.1% 585
TECK RESOURCES LTD (NYSE:TCK) -10.9% 455
CTRIP COM INTL LTD (NASDAQ:CTRP) -2.4% 174
CABLEVISION SYS CORP (NYSE:CVC) 11.2% 173
UNION PAC CORP( (NYSE:UNP) 4.8% 173
MASTERCARD INC (NYSE:MA) 12.0% 171
ETFS PALLADIUM TR (NYSEArca:PALL) 5.9% 112
URBAN OUTFITTERS INC (NASDAQ:URBN) 5.5% 99
SCRIPPS NETWORKS INTERACT IN (NYSE:SNI) 3.1% 79
ETFS PLATINUM TR (NYSEArca:PPLT) 3.5% 74
WABCO HLDGS INC (NYSE:WBC) 2.9% 55
LIBERTY MEDIA CORP NEW (NASDAQ:LSTZA) 8.2% 55
ISOFTSTONE HLDGS LTD (NYSE:ISS) 8.4% 22
INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS&FRAGRA (NYSE:IFF) 3.2% 11

His new stock picks returned 4.4% since the end of last year, underperforming the SPY by 2.6 percentage points. Mandel bet nearly $700 Million on Citigroup. Bruce Berkowitz’s Fairholme, Lee Ainslie’s Maverick Capital, George Soros, Bill Miller’s Legg Mason Capital Management, Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square, David Tepper’s Appaloosa, Daniel Loeb’s Third Point, Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global, Richard Perry’s Perry Capital, Joseph DiMenna’s Zweig-DiMenna, Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors, Brevan Howard, and John Paulson’s Paulson & Co are among the prominent investors who are bullish about Citigroup. Stephen Mandel made more than 14% from his nearly $600 Million Schlumberger bet. T. Boone Pickens also has SLB in his portfolio. Value investor Mohnish Pabrai has large amounts of TCK, Mandel’s third biggest bet, in his portfolio. Lone Pine Capital also bet on Platinum and Palladium, like Dan Loeb did during the fourth quarter.

During the fourth quarter, Lone Pine increased 10 positions by at least 20%. Most of the positions saw at least $50 Million in new purchases. Here is how these 10 stocks performed:

Company Ticker Return Value (Million)
HOME INNS & HOTELS MGMT INC (NASDAQ:HMIN) -16.5% 21
INFORMATICA CORP (NASDAQ:INFA) 10.4% 145
EXPRESS SCRIPTS INC (NASDAQ:ESRX) 5.0% 419
TOWERS WATSON & CO (NYSE:TW) 12.3% 181
DOLLAR GEN CORP NEW (NYSE:DG) -4.6% 417
VANCEINFO TECHNOLOGIES INC (NYSE:VIT) -6.0% 145
NETAPP INC (NASDAQ:NTAP) -3.5% 254
WYNDHAM WORLDWIDE CORP (NYSE:WYN) 7.0% 232
EQUINIX INC (NASDAQ:EQIX) 12.0% 328
CHINA LODGING GROUP LTD (NASDAQ GM:HTHT) -21.3% 23

The weighted average return of these stocks was 3.2% since the end of December, underperforming the SPY by 3.8 percentage points. During the fourth quarter, Lee Ainslie made a $21 Million purchase in the obscure Chinese company China Lodging Group Ltd. Two tiger cubs managing more than ten billion dollars purchasing the small cap stock around the same time can’t be a coincidence. Blue Ridge Capital’s John Griffin and Glenview’s Larry Robbins also have large ESRX positions in their portfolios. So far the 2011 performance of these doesn’t look spectacular.

Fortunately for his investors, the rest of his portfolio performed slightly better. Here is how his largest positions performed this year:

Company Ticker Return Value (Million)
CITIGROUP INC (NYSE:C) 3.8% 687
YUM BRANDS INC (NYSE:YUM) 4.9% 606
SCHLUMBERGER LTD (NYSE:SLB) 14.1% 585
APPLE INC (NASDAQ:AAPL) 8.7% 553
COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIO (NASDAQ:CTSH) 6.1% 477
TECK RESOURCES LTD (NYSE:TCK) -10.9% 455
SPDR GOLD TRUST (NYSEArca:GLD) -2.4% 448
EXPRESS SCRIPTS INC (NASDAQ:ESRX) 5.0% 419
DOLLAR GEN CORP NEW (NYSE:DG) -4.6% 417
GOODRICH CORP (NYSE:GR) 3.7% 397
POLO RALPH LAUREN CORP (NYSE:RL) 15.4% 385
JPMORGAN CHASE & CO (NYSE:JPM) 13.3% 344
EQUINIX INC (NASDAQ:EQIX) 12.0% 328
CROWN CASTLE INTL CORP (NYSE:CCI) -0.1% 327
AMERIPRISE FINL INC (NYSE:AMP) 12.8% 311
AMPHENOL CORP NEW (NYSE:APH) 8.7% 267
MEAD JOHNSON NUTRITION CO (NYSE:MJN) -1.5% 260
NEW ORIENTAL ED & TECH GRP I (NYSE:EDU) -7.8% 257
NETAPP INC (NASDAQ:NTAP) -3.5% 254
LAUDER ESTEE COS INC (NYSE:EL) 17.1% 245
FAMILY DLR STORES INC (NYSE:FDO) 5.7% 235
WYNDHAM WORLDWIDE CORP (NYSE:WYN) 7.0% 232
TRANSDIGM GROUP INC (NYSE:TDG) 13.2% 208
ACCENTURE PLC IRELAND (NYSE:ACN) 10.6% 201
SCHWAB CHARLES CORP NEW (NYSE:SCHW) 14.0% 189
TOWERS WATSON & CO (NYSE:TW) 12.3% 181
O REILLY AUTOMOTIVE INC (NASDAQ:ORLY) -8.6% 181
DICKS SPORTING GOODS INC (NYSE:DKS) 1.4% 179
CTRIP COM INTL LTD (NASDAQ:CTRP) -2.4% 174
CABLEVISION SYS CORP (NYSE:CVC) 11.2% 173
UNION PAC CORP (NYSE:UNP) 4.8% 173
MASTERCARD INC (NYSE:MA) 12.0% 171
DAVITA INC (NYSE:DVA) 14.6% 170
LINCARE HLDGS INC (NASDAQ:LNCR) 10.3% 168
AUTODESK INC (NASDAQ:ADSK) 13.6% 165
VANCEINFO TECHNOLOGIES INC (NYSE:VIT) -6.0% 145
INFORMATICA CORP (NASDAQ:INFA) 10.4% 145
QUALCOMM INC (NASDAQ:QCOM) 19.6% 125
ETFS PALLADIUM TR (NYSEArca:PALL) 5.9% 112
URBAN OUTFITTERS INC (NASDAQ:URBN) 5.5% 99

Stephen Mandel’s top 40 positions had a weighted average return of 5.7% since the end of December, underperforming the SPY (NYSEArca:SPY) by 1.3 percentage points. The most dominant pattern we’ve observed in Lone Pine Capital’s portfolio is that it shares a lot of stocks with other Tiger cubs. For instance, the only other hedge fund we follow with VanceInfo Technologies Inc (NYSE:VIT) position is Lee Ainslie’s. In fact, fifteen of the 52 stocks in Mandel’s portfolio are also in Lee Ainslie’s portfolio. These stocks are C (NYSE:C), AAPL (NASDAQ:AAPL), JPM (NYSE:JPM), QCOM (NASDAQ:QCOM), URBN (NASDAQ:URBN), DG (NYSE:DG), GR (NYSE:GR), LFT (NYSE:LFT), CTSH (NASDAQ:CTSH), HMIN (NASDAQ:HMIN), DVA (NYSE:DVA), VIT (NYSE:VIT), SVN (NYSE:SVN), HTHT (NASDAQ GM:HTHT), and ISS (NYSE:ISS).

This is a guest post written by Insider Monkey.

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