Latest 13-F Filers Hold LyondellBasell Industries

When hedge fund manager "titans" think alike, investors are wise to pay attention. At Holdings Channel, we have reviewed 3,721 13F filings for the 06/30/2014 reporting period, and noticed that LyondellBasell Industries NV (LYB) was held by 9 of the particular managers we have flagged as "titans" most widely followed by investors. It is not every day we see this many notable hedge fund managers thinking alike, so we wanted to take a closer look.

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Before we continue, it is important to point out that 13F filings do not tell the whole story, because these funds are only required to disclose their long positions with the SEC, but are not required to disclose their short positions. A fund making a bearish bet against a stock by shorting calls, for example, might also be long some amount of stock as they trade around their overall bearish position. This long component could show up in a 13F filing and everyone might assume the fund is bullish, but this tells only part of the story because the bearish/short side of the position is not seen.

Having given that caveat, we believe that looking at groups of 13F filings can be revealing, especially when comparing one holding period to another. Below, let's take a look at the change in LYB positions for each of the titans that reported holding some amount of LYB at 06/30/2014:

Fund Manager New Position? Change In Share Count Change In Market Value ($ in 1000's)
Louis Bacon (Moore Capital Management) Existing -18,927 -$1,244
Leon Cooperman (Omega Advisors) Existing -675,100 -$51,152
Ray Dalio (Bridgewater) NEW +2,700 +$264
Jeremy Grantham (GMO) Existing -77,864 -$6,383
Joel Greenblatt (Gotham Asset Management) Existing +4 +$51
Ken Griffin (Citadel) Existing +41,075 +$4,074
Andreas Halvorsen (Viking Global) Existing -2,087,268 -$91,820
Jim Simons (Renaissance Tech) NEW +203,600 +$19,882
Brian Taylor (Pine River) NEW +36,752 +$3,589
Aggregate Change: -2,575,028 -$122,739

In terms of shares owned, we count 2 of the identified titans above having increased existing LYB positions from 03/31/2014 to 06/30/2014, with 4 having decreased their positions and 3 new positions. Worth noting is that Barry Rosenstein ( Jana Partners) — also deemed to have "titan" status — exited LYB common stock as of 06/30/2014.

Looking beyond these particular hedge funds of interest, we tallied up the LYB share count in the aggregate among all of the funds which held LYB at the 06/30/2014 reporting period (out of the 3,721 we looked at). We then compared that number to the sum total of LYB shares those same funds held back at the 03/31/2014 period, to see how the aggregate share count held by hedge funds has moved for LYB. We found that between these two periods, hedge funds reduced their holdings by 15,304,406 shares in the aggregate, from 369,197,195 down to 353,892,789 for a share count decline of approximately -4.15%. The overall top three hedge funds holding LYB on 06/30/2014 were:

Fund Shares of LYB Held
1. FMR LLC 26,291,268
2. Vanguard Group Inc. 23,776,079
3. State Street Corp 19,196,503
4-10 Find out the full Top 10 Hedge Funds Holding LYB

We'll keep following the latest 13F filings by hedge fund managers and bring you interesting stories derived from a look at the aggregate information across groups of managers between filing periods. While looking at individual 13F filings can sometimes be misleading due to the long-only nature of the information, the sum total across groups of funds from one reporting period to another can be a lot more revealing and relevant, providing interesting stock ideas that merit further research, like LyondellBasell Industries NV ( LYB).

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