Bargain-Hunting Berkowitz Enjoying 2009 Resurgence
Legendary investor Bruce Berkowitz saw his Fairholme Fund (Nasdaq: FAIRX) decline by -29.7% in 2008, but Fairholme is up 18% compared to a 5% gain for the S&P 500 so far in 2009.
Like many value-focused investors, Berkowitz was using the market’s desperate dips over the last year to find bargains. He told the Los Angeles Times this month, “There are better bargains now than any time in the last 10 years.”
The recent performance of some of Berkowitz’s end-of-Q1 holdings show that his bargain hunting may be paying off. Since the end of Q1, car rental firm Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) and independent auto finance company Americredit (ACF) have more than doubled, and credit card company American Express (AXP) isn’t far behind. Other top performers from Fairholme’s end-of-Q1 holdings during Q2 included health insurer Wellpoint (WLP), diversified conglomerate Leucadia (LUK), and retailer Sears Holdings (Nasdaq: SHLD).
Investors won’t be sure of where Berkowitz stands now until next month, when the deadline for end-of-Q2 filings hits. At tickerspy.com, members can track Berkowitz’s latest holdings, see a graph of their combined performance, and be notified when new holdings are made public.
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