George Soros’ Top 4 Trades in the 2nd Quarter


George Soros
(Trades, Portfolio), leader of Soros Fund Management, disclosed last week that his firm’s top-four trades during the second quarter included the closure of its position in ViacomCBS Inc. (VIAC, Financial), new holdings in FIGS Inc. (FIGS, Financial) and IHS Markit Inc. (INFO, Financial) and a reduction to its stake in iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD, Financial).

Founded in 1969, Soros Fund Management is the primary advisor to the Quantum Group of Funds. The fund follows Soros’ theory of reflexivity, which is the idea that humans control the prices of stocks and bonds through emotional reactions instead of logical calculations. Opportunities can be found by studying the value of the assets and monitoring the individual investor biases that affect market prices.

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Soros and Quantum Fund partner


Stanley Druckenmiller
(Trades, Portfolio) famously shorted the British pound in 1992. The guru converted his New York-based firm into a family investment office in 2011 to avoid complying with new regulatory measures enacted under the Dodd-Frank Act.

As of June 30, the firm’s $5.29 billion equity portfolio contains 226 stocks with 83 new positions and a quarterly turnover ratio of 30%. The top four sectors in terms of weight are consumer cyclical, communication services, technology and financial services, representing 25.02%, 21.84%, 10.33% and 8.98% of the equity portfolio.

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ViacomCBS

Soros sold 4,307,919 shares of ViacomCBS (

VIAC, Financial), cleaning out 4.16% of its equity portfolio. Shares averaged $41.42 during the second quarter; the stock is significantly overvalued based on Monday’s price-to-GF Value ratio of 1.32.

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GuruFocus ranks the New York-based diversified media company’s profitability 8 out of 10 on several positive investing signs, which include a 3.5-star business predictability rank and profit margins that outperform more than 83% of global competitors.

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Gurus with large holdings in ViacomCBS include


David Tepper
(Trades, Portfolio),
Pioneer Investments
(Trades, Portfolio) and
Philippe Laffont
(Trades, Portfolio).

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FIGS

Soros purchased 3,174,577 shares of FIGS (

FIGS, Financial), giving the position 3.01% weight in the equity portfolio. Shares averaged $37.28 during the second quarter.

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The Santa Monica, California-based company manufactures health care apparel products. GuruFocus ranks the company’s financial strength 8 out of 10 on several positive investing signs, which include little long-term debt and an interest coverage ratio that outperforms more than 90% of global competitors.

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Ron Baron
(Trades, Portfolio)’s Baron Funds also established a stake in FIGS during the second quarter.

IHS Markit

Soros purchased 1,350,001 shares of IHS Markit (

INFO, Financial), giving the position 2.88% equity portfolio space. Shares averaged $105.85 during the second quarter; the stock is significantly overvalued based on Monday’s price-to-GF Value ratio of 1.63.

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GuruFocus ranks the U.K.-based business service company’s profitability 8 out of 10 on several positive investing signs, which include a four-star business predictability rank, a high Piotroski F-score of 7 and an operating margin that has increased over 13% per year on average over the past five years and is outperforming more than 90% of global competitors.

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iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond

Soros sold 1,003,710 shares of iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (

LQD, Financial), chopping 63.28% of the stake and 2.79% of the equity portfolio. Shares averaged $131.05 during the second quarter.

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According to the iShares website, the iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond exchange-traded fund seeks to track the performance of an index comprised of U.S. dollar-dominated, investment-grade corporate bonds.

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