Michael Burry is Loading Up on These 9 Stocks

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In this article, we discuss the 9 stocks Michael Burry is loading up on. If you want to skip our detailed analysis of these stocks, go directly to Michael Burry is Loading Up on These 4 Stocks.

There are very few investors who command sweeping attention on Wall Street. Michael Burry, the California-born hedge fund manager with a background in biology, is one of the names that fits this description. Burry manages Scion Asset Management with a portfolio value of more than $2 billion. The top five holdings account for close to 40% of the entire portfolio. Between 2000 and 2008, Scion Capital, a hedge fund Burry oversaw, returned 150% when compared against the returns of the benchmark S&P 500 over the same time period.

Burry, who was recently in the news for betting against EV maker Tesla and the ARK Innovation ETF, rose to fame on Wall Street by making money during the dotcom market collapse at the turn of the millennium and the subprime mortgage crisis a decade afterwards. Both financial meltdowns caught the market off-guard, resulting in billions in losses to top hedge funds, while Burry profited as he had predicted both events and placed his bets accordingly. As a result, Burry has gained a huge fan following in the finance world.

Some of the top stocks in the Scion Asset Management portfolio at the end of June were Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB), Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC), and CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS), among others. Between March and June this year, Burry quietly loaded up on infrastructure stocks, perhaps in anticipation of an infrastructure boom after lawmakers passed a multi-trillion dollar jobs plan to rebuild roads and bridges and jumpstart American manufacturing.

Over the years, the success of Burry has been an exception in a sector that has otherwise struggled with tech-led disruption. The entire hedge fund industry is feeling the reverberations of the changing financial landscape. Its reputation has been tarnished in the last decade, during which its hedged returns couldn’t keep up with the unhedged returns of the market indices. On the other hand, Insider Monkey’s research was able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the S&P 500 ETFs by more than 124 percentage points since March 2017. Between March 2017 and July 2021 our monthly newsletter’s stock picks returned 186.1%, vs. 100.1% for the SPY. Our stock picks outperformed the market by more than 115 percentage points (see the details here). That’s why we believe hedge fund sentiment is an extremely useful indicator that investors should pay attention to. You can subscribe to our free newsletter on our homepage to receive our stories in your inbox.

Michael Burry is Loading Up on These 9 Stocks
Michael Burry is Loading Up on These 9 Stocks

Michael Burry of Scion Asset Management

Our Methodology

With this context in mind, here is our list of the 9 stocks Michael Burry is loading up on. These were ranked according to the investment portfolio of Scion Asset Management at the end of the second quarter of 2021.

Only those stocks in which the fund has increased stakes during the second quarter as compared to the first quarter of the year were selected for the list.

The analyst ratings of each company are also discussed to provide readers with some more context for their investment decisions. The hedge fund sentiment around each stock was gauged using the data of 873 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey.

Michael Burry is Loading Up on These Stocks

9. Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 15

Percentage Increase in Stake During Q2: 33%

Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL) is placed ninth on our list of 9 stocks Michael Burry is loading up on. The firm provides shipping services and is headquartered in Bermuda. According to the latest filings, Scion Asset Management owned 700,000 shares in the company at the end of the second quarter of 2021 worth $7.7 million, representing 0.37% of the portfolio.

On May 4, investment advisory BTIG reiterated a Buy rating on Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL) stock and raised the price target to $12 from $8. Gregory Lewis, an analyst at the firm, issued the ratings update.

Out of the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, New York-based investment firm Renaissance Technologies is a leading shareholder in Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL) with 1.9 million shares worth more than $21 million.

Just like Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB), Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC), and CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS), Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL) is one of the stocks Michael Burry is loading up on.

8. SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SXC)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 19

Percentage Increase in Stake During Q2: 43%

SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SXC) is ranked eighth on our list of 9 stocks Michael Burry is loading up on. The firm markets coal products and is headquartered in Illinois. Regulatory filings show that Scion Asset Management owned more than 1.5 million shares in the company at the end of June 2021 worth $11.1 million, representing 0.53% of the portfolio.

On July 30, investment advisory B Riley kept a Buy rating on SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SXC) stock and raised the price target to $10 from $9, appreciating the strong second quarter results posted by the firm.

At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 19 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $83 million in SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SXC), down from 22 in the preceding quarter worth $86 million.

In addition to Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB), Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC), and CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS), SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SXC) is one of the stocks Michael Burry is loading up on.

7. Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNS)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 13

Percentage Increase in Stake During Q2: 111%

Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNS) is a Pennsylvania-based biopharmaceutical company. It is placed seventh on our list of 9 stocks Michael Burry is loading up on. 13F filings reveal that Scion Asset Management owned 625,000 shares in the company worth $11.2 million, representing 0.53% of the portfolio.

On August 18, investment advisory Truist maintained a Buy rating on Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNS) stock and raised the price target to $40 from $35, appreciating the topline results of a pipeline drug revealed by the firm recently.

Out of the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, New York-based investment firm Lion Point is a leading shareholder in Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNS) with 3.6 million shares worth more than $65 million.

Along with Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB), Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC), and CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS), Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNS) is one of the stocks Michael Burry is loading up on.

6. Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 20

Percentage Increase in Stake During Q2: 216%

Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) is a Monaco-based seaborne transportation firm. It is ranked sixth on our list of 9 stocks Michael Burry is loading up on. Latest data shows that Scion Asset Management owned 600,000 shares in the company at the end of the second quarter of 2021 worth $13.2 million, representing 0.63% of the portfolio.

On July 23, investment advisory HC Wainwright reiterated a Buy rating on Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) stock with a price target of $28, underlining that the pullback in the share price was a buying opportunity for investors.

Out of the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, London-based investment firm Hosking Partners is a leading shareholder in Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) with 803,540 shares worth more than $17 million.

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB), Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC), and CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS) are some of the stocks Michael Burry is loading up on, just like Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG).

In its Q2 2020 investor letter, Evermore Global Advisors, an asset management firm, highlighted a few stocks and Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) was one of them. Here is what the fund said:

“Scorpio Tankers (STNG US), one of the world’s largest product tanker operators, was the largest detractor to Fund performance during the second quarter. COVID-19 has caused significant demand destruction in oil and other refined oil products which resulted in contango for diesel, jet fuel and gasoline forward prices that made floating storage an attractive option for traders and refiners. We saw the positive impact on spot rates at the end of March and April, which pushed rates higher to unprecedented levels.

Starting in late April, Saudi Arabia, Russia and OPEC+ eventually agreed to cut oil production which led to the contango trade to dissipate, which negatively impacted spot rates and STNG’s stock price. While current rates are no longer at record high levels, we believe STNG secured attractive rates during the second quarter and we expect the company to generate significant cash flows, a view that has been dismissed by the broader market. In addition, STNG has reached an agreement with scrubber manufacturers to delay the purchase and installation of 19 scrubbers until at least 2021 in order to take advantage of the current environment.”

5. CoreCivic, Inc. (NYSE: CXW)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 13

Percentage Increase in Stake During Q2: 19%

CoreCivic, Inc. (NYSE: CXW) is placed fifth on our list of 9 stocks Michael Burry is loading up on. The firm owns and operates partnership correctional, detention, and residential reentry facilities. It is headquartered in Tennessee. According to the latest filings, Scion Asset Management owned 1.3 million shares in the company at the end of June 2021 worth $13.6 million, representing 0.65% of the portfolio.

On June 18, investment advisory Wedbush initiated coverage of CoreCivic, Inc. (NYSE: CXW) stock with a Neutral rating and a price target of $10.85, acknowledging the historical ability of the firm to generate high levels of cash flow.

At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 13 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $97 million in CoreCivic, Inc. (NYSE: CXW), down from 18 in the previous quarter worth $95 million.

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB), Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC), and CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS) are some of the stocks Michael Burry is loading up on, alongside CoreCivic, Inc. (NYSE: CXW).

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