Nvidia, Tesla, and Microsoft took the stock market by storm this year. We reviewed the holdings of world-beating investors to determine who's a true believer in them - and who made a quick buck. (2024)

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  • Microsoft, Nvidia, and Tesla shares have soared on the back of AI buzz this year.
  • We reviewed the holdings of top investors to learn which ones bought in, and which cashed out.
  • Firms tied to David Tepper and Philippe Laffont held onto Nvidia, while others exited the stock.

Nvidia, Tesla, and Microsoft took the stock market by storm this year. We reviewed the holdings of world-beating investors to determine who's a true believer in them - and who made a quick buck. (1)

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Microsoft, Nvidia, and Tesla ranked among the stock market's best performers this year, as investors wagered the trio would be big winners from the artificial-intelligence revolution.

A review of the holdings of some of the world's largest and most sophisticated investors by Markets Insider found that some managers are true believers in the tech, while others were able to use the market's giddiness to pull in big gains.

The funds mentioned either declined to comment or did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Nvidia

The maker of graphics chips has seen an explosion of demand from companies building all kinds of AI applications, from self-driving cars and humanoid robots to virtual chatbots. Its stock price has surged by about 230% this year, lifting its market capitalization to around $1.2 trillion, and making it the S&P 500's best performer of 2023 by a wide margin.

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A raft of top-flight investors piled into Nvidia in the first half of this year. They included firms tied to Dan Loeb, Jim Simons, Paul Tudor Jones, Stanley Druckenmiller, Steve Cohen, David Tepper, Jeremy Grantham and George Soros.

For example, Tepper's Appaloosa Management went from owning zero Nvidia shares to holding 150,000 at the end of March, and more than 1 million shares worth over $400 million at the end of June and September.

The holdings of Simons' Renaissance Technologies went from fewer than 4,000 shares at the end of March, to 1.9 million three months later. It still owned 1.2 million Nvidia shares worth $526 million on September 30.

Philippe Laffont's Coatue Management counted the chipmaker as its biggest public-market position at the end of the third quarter, after the firm increased its stake by more than a million shares over the preceding 12 months.

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Glen Kacher's Light Street had Nvidia as the biggest position in its public portfolio at the end of September, after first investing in the fourth quarter of 2022. The stake has driven the firm's strong returns this year, which a source close to the firm told Business Insider was 34.1% for its long-short fund and 44.5% for its long-only offering.

Moreover, Chase Coleman's Tiger Global added more than a million shares of Nvidia to its book after not owning it 12 months earlier. Maverick, meanwhile, increased its Nvidia stake 10-fold since the start of 2022's third quarter.

Tudor Investment Corporation also grew its position from fewer than 8,000 shares at the end of last year to 179,000 shares worth about $76 million at the end of June, ignoring options. However, it slashed its holdings to fewer than 15,000 shares worth about $6 million by the end of September.

Investors remained divided on Nvidia in the third quarter. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust and Dalio's Bridgewater Associates both established small Nvidia stakes. However, "The Big Short" investor Michael Burry's Scion Asset Management purchased bearish put options on an index of microchip stocks that counts Nvidia as its third-largest holding.

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Lone Pine and Viking Global, a pair of Connecticut-based Tiger Cubs, both bought into Nvidia during the year and sold out entirely. Lone Pine bought over 600,000 shares in the first quarter but sold them in the second, while Viking purchased more than 300,000 shares in the second quarter only to sell them in the third.

Tesla

Shares of Elon Musk's electric-vehicle company have surged by 106% this year.Musk has been touting Tesla's AI prospects for a while, pointing to the company's autonomous-driving and humanoid-robot projects, which may help explain the stock surge this year. Moreover, Tesla shares nosedived by nearly 70% in 2022, giving them plenty of ground to make up.

Cohen and Soros' funds eliminated sizeable positions in Tesla in the first quarter of this year, while Tepper's firm, ignoring options, bought 150,000 shares in the first quarter but sold them all over the next three months. Simons' RenTech also went from owning 4 million shares in the first quarter to holding 717,000 shares at the end of September. As for Dan Sundheim's D1 Capital, it sold its entire Tesla stake in the fourth quarter of last year.

Tesla has several longstanding shareholders including Ron Baron's Baron Capital, Cathie Wood's Ark Investment Management, and Jennison Associates, a growth-equity manager. But it remains one of the most-shorted stocks on the market. Hedge funds tracked by Goldman Sachs held short positions worth almost $19 billion as of October 31, MarketWatch reported, citing a Goldman report.

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Microsoft

The enterprise-software giant's shares slumped by nearly 30% in 2022, but have jumped by 55% to near-record highs this year, boosting its market value to around $2.8 trillion.

The buying frenzy was partly fueled by the company's reported $10 billion investment this spring in Sam Altman's OpenAI, the parent company of ChatGPT, the innovative chatbot that brought AI hype into the mainstream.

Microsoft was already a widely owned stock prior to this year, but several top-flight investors have boosted their exposure to it. Tepper's Appaloosa has raised its stake from 235,000 shares worth $56 million at the end of December, to 1.6 million shares worth $516 million nine months later. Tudor Jones' firm also bolstered its holdings, excluding options, from 7,300 shares to 193,000 shares over the same period.

Cohen's Point72 also quadrupled its stake to just over 2 million shares in the nine months to September, while Dalio's Bridgewater grew its position from about 17,000 shares to over 200,000 in that timeframe.

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As for Laffont's Coatue, it increased its Microsoft position by nearly 10-fold in the space of 12 months. Light Street and Tiger Global also boosted their Microsoft stakes in the year to September 30.

Al Gore's Generation Investment Management, Loeb's Third Point, and Druckenmiller's Duquesne Family Office also boosted their Microsoft holdings this year.

On the other hand, billionaire Lee Ainslie's fund slashed its Microsoft position in half in the year to September 30. Lone Pine and Viking also pared their Microsoft stakes by 36% and 14% respectively over the same period. As for London-based TCI, it sold its entire 11-million-plus-share stake of Microsoft in the third quarter.

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In the article you provided, it discusses the performance of Microsoft, Nvidia, and Tesla shares in relation to the buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) this year. The article reviews the holdings of top investors to determine which ones bought into these companies and which ones cashed out.

Microsoft

Microsoft's shares have seen a significant increase this year, with a jump of 55% to near-record highs. This surge in stock price has been fueled by the company's reported $10 billion investment in Sam Altman's OpenAI, the parent company of ChatGPT, an innovative chatbot that has brought AI hype into the mainstream. Several top-flight investors have increased their exposure to Microsoft, including Appaloosa Management, Point72, Bridgewater Associates, and Coatue Management .

Nvidia

Nvidia, the maker of graphics chips, has experienced a surge in demand from companies building various AI applications, such as self-driving cars, humanoid robots, and virtual chatbots. Its stock price has surged by about 230% this year, making it the best performer in the S&P 500. Many top investors have piled into Nvidia, including Appaloosa Management, Renaissance Technologies, Coatue Management, Light Street, Tiger Global, and Tudor Investment Corporation. However, some investors have also exited their positions in Nvidia, such as Lone Pine and Viking Global.

Tesla

Shares of Tesla, Elon Musk's electric-vehicle company, have surged by 106% this year. Musk has been touting Tesla's AI prospects, particularly in autonomous driving and humanoid-robot projects. Some investors, like Cohen and Soros' funds, have eliminated sizable positions in Tesla, while others, like Appaloosa Management, have bought shares and then sold them over the next few months. Tesla remains one of the most-shorted stocks on the market, with hedge funds holding short positions worth almost $19 billion as of October 31, 2023.

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Nvidia, Tesla, and Microsoft took the stock market by storm this year. We reviewed the holdings of world-beating investors to determine who's a true believer in them - and who made a quick buck. (2024)

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