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7. Transatlantic Holdings ( TRH)

Company Profile: Transatlantic Holdings offers reinsurance capacity for a full range of property and casualty products to insurers.

Paulson's Investment: Paulson owned 2 million shares of Transatlantic with a market value of $97 million as of Sept. 30.

Share Price Performance: Shares of Transatlantic are up only 5.7% this year overall, but the stock has done well since late September. Shares are up 15% since the end of the third quarter.


6. Talisman Energy ( TLM)

Company Profile: Talisman Energy is an oil and gas company with operation areas in North America, the North Sea and Southeast Asia.

Paulson's Investment: Paulson bought 8.7 million shares of Talisman in the third quarter. His hedge fund's stake was worth $107 million as of Sept. 30.

Share Price Performance: While shares of Talisman Energy are down more than 36% this year, Paulson may actually have a profit in this position depending on when his hedge fund purchased shares. Since Sept. 30, shares of the energy company are up 15%.

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