In the 1980s, Barry Rosenstein walked into the office of corporate raider Asher Edelman and demanded a $1 million salary.
Edelman was one of the most tenacious activist investors at the time. Many believe he’s the inspiration for Gordon Gekko’s character in the movie Wall Street.
Edelman later disputed the number… But he knew Rosenstein would make it big, so he hired him anyway.
That’s how Rosenstein got his start as an activist investor. These are guys who buy stakes in companies and push management to make changes they believe will unlock value.
Eventually, Rosenstein wanted to run his own firm. So in 2001, he started JANA Partners. Since then, he’s crushed the market.
JANA has returned over 12% annually to investors. That’s nearly double the return of the S&P 500, which has averaged 6.6% over the same span.
If you invested $1,000 in JANA in 2001, it would be worth $6,900 today. If you had invested the same $1,000 in the stock market, it would only be worth about $3,000 today.
Today, JANA manages about $5 billion in assets. So when Rosenstein invests in a company, he takes a large position.
Most investors find out about these large moves after the fact—when there is far less profit potential.
But oftentimes, these whales leave some tracks—if you’re savvy enough to find them. And if you follow them, you can ride their moves higher and higher…
Where to Find Whales
There’s a simple way for the average guy to piggyback off the returns of the world’s top investors without hiring them…
All funds that have more than $100 million under management need to file a quarterly report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The SEC calls it a 13F filing. It requires large funds to disclose the stocks they own 45 days after every calendar quarter.
JANA’s latest 13F filing on August 14 showed Rosenstein placed a stake in mobile-food company GrubHub (GRUB) in the second quarter of 2018. So if you had bought GRUB on that date, you’d be up about 9%.
Not bad for a month-and-a-half.
But what if you had put GRUB in your portfolio before JANA’s 13F filing? If you had done that, you’d have ridden the stock to much higher gains.
That’s exactly what Palm Beach Research Group’s very own Jason Bodner did.
The Wall Street Insider Strikes Again
Jason is the editor of our newest service, Palm Beach Trader. In the office, we call him our Wall Street insider.
That’s because Jason spent years as a trader at New York firms such as Cantor Fitzgerald, where he handled numerous multimillion-dollar trades for large institutional clients. When it comes to big institutional buying, he knows a thing or two.
After Jason left Wall Street, he created a proprietary system that scans over 5,500 stocks every day… It’s fine-tuned to target high-quality stocks that large institutions (the “whales”) are likely scooping up by the bucket.
His system picked up GRUB on June 28—more than a month before JANA Partners announced its position. The stock is up nearly 31% since Jason recommended it, more than triple what you would’ve made buying it right after JANA’s 13F filing.
So how did Jason spot this whale before it surfaced? Here’s what he told me about finding whales:
When multibillion-dollar hedge funds are ready to buy a stock, it takes days or even weeks for them to fill their whole position. Quite often, these guys would need to trade 20–30% of a stock’s daily volume to initiate a position. If they did that, they’d move the price of the stock too much and draw attention to the action.
So they buy in smaller lots, adding to their positions day by day. That gives us time to jump in and ride the wave higher with the whales.
And they’re not going to turn around and immediately sell a position they just spent weeks on. It’s unusual for them to trade in and out of large positions.
Typically, I’ve found they hold for three earnings cycles, or nine months… Some hold longer… but that seems to be the sweet spot for my system. Plenty of time to ride along.
Jason’s right—that’s plenty of time. My research has separately confirmed this.
Take whale investor David Tepper of Appaloosa Management, for example. If you bought the stocks he released in his fund’s 13F filings, you could have made over 20% per year.
These reports are public record. So if you want to follow the whales yourself, you can review their public filings. But so far, Jason’s system is producing bigger gains… and faster.
His Palm Beach Trader portfolio has 12 open trades, and nine are winners. That’s a 75% batting average. And his portfolio is up 19.8% on invested capital. If he keeps this pace up for an entire year, his portfolio would be up 71%.
If you’re interested in following these whales to profits, click here to find out more about Jason’s Palm Beach Trader service.
Analyst, The Palm Beach Daily
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