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9. MDC Holdings ( MDC)

Company Profile: MDC Holdings is one of the largest regional homebuilders in the U.S.

SAC Capital's Investment: Cohen's fund bought 885,000 shares of the homebuilder in the fourth quarter, which had a market value of $15.6 million as of Dec. 31.

Share Price Performance: Like most homebuilders searching for a bottom, MDC shares were trampled in 2011, dropping nearly 40%. However, since Dec. 31, shares of MDC have rallied 50%.


8. Dunkin' Brands ( DNKN)

Company Profile: Dunkin' Brands is the franchisor of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants across the U.S. The company held its IPO in July.

SAC Capital's Investment: Cohen's fund bought 738,000 shares of Dunkin' in the fourth quarter, which had a market value of $18.5 million as of Dec. 31.

Share Price Performance: Since the Dunkin' IPO, shares are up 3%. After dropping sharply in November and December, shares have rebounded nearly 15% in 2012.

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