Ira Sohn 2012: Picks from Ackman, Einhorn, Laffont, Paulson and more (full chart)

By Lawrence Delevingne, Rob Copeland

Thu May 17, 2012


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Top hedge fund managers recommend longs and shorts in annual charity event.


The Ira Sohn Investment Conference in New York City never fails to bring out some of the hedge fund industry's biggest names recommending their top longs and shorts.

For this year’s 17th annual confab at Lincoln Center, besides such typical picks as Apple and J.C. Penney, managers dug deep into their portfolios, coming up with paired Argentinean bond trades (Redwood Capital), specific commodities plays (Ospraie Management) and unusually broad picks from across the globe (Greenlight Capital).

A complete list of these hedge fund mavens’ advice follows. (See also  the mixed performance of last year’s recommendations.) 

Manager Recommendations
Bill Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management Long JC Penney (JCP).
David Einhorn, Greenlight Capital Longs
Distribuidora Internacional (Spain)
Gjensidige Forsikring ASA (Norway)
Cairn Energy (CNE)
Apple (AAPL)

Shorts
Martin Marietta Materials (MLM)
Amazon (AMZN)
US Steel (X)

Wary of investing in France ("could default or return to the franc") and China.
Dwight Anderson, Ospraie Management Long Westlake Chemical (WLK) and palladium.
Short platinum.
Jeff Gundlach, DoubleLine Capital Longs
IBEX
1 year LIBOR
Natural gas
Cash ("$100 bills in Cheerios boxes")
Gemstones 

Short
Apple (AAPL)
S&P 500 (SPX)
Nordstrom (JWN)
Two year swaps
John Lykouretzos, Hoplite Capital Management Long Starbucks (SBUX)
John Paulson, Paulson & Co. Long
Caesar's Enertainment (CZR)
AngloGold Ashanti (ADR)
CVR Energy (CVI)
John Wilder, Parallel Resource Partners Long Westlake Chemical (WLK), a "great" idea.
Short natural gas (50-75 cents overpriced in near term).
Jonathan Kolatch, Redwood Capital Management Long Argentinean sovereign bonds, especially euro-denominated notes.
Short USD-denominated ones due to 10 cent difference in cost.
Larry Robbins, Glenview Capital Long
Hospitals and life sciences.
Tenet Healthcare (THC)
Health Management Associates (HMA)
HCA (HCA)
LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT)

Short
Utilities and defense companies
ITC Holdings (ITC).
Meryl Witmer, Eagle Capital Partners Long Gildan Activewear (GIL) and Viacom (VIA).
Michael Price, MFP Investors Long Bridgepoint Education (BPI) and JC Penney (JCP).
Avoiding major financials; "I really kind of think our big banks are dying a slow death."
Philippe Laffont, Coatue Management Long Equinix (EQIX) and Virgin Media (VMED).
Shantanu Agrawal, winner, Sohn Investment Contest Long Xerox (XRX)
Steve Mandel, Lone Pine Capital Long Kohl's (KSS), tech leaders in travel and outsearch services.
Not in favor of fixed income generally.



ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H

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