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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Soros and Icahn Close Out the Week On Top

Today’s top gainer is Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (NYSE:MHR). The energy company shot up +11.17% ($7.12) after presenting a better-than-expected Q3 earnings report. Billionaire George Soros acquired 250,000 shares for $3.27 last quarter. This position represents 0.01% of Soros’ portfolio.

The second company in our daily gainers list is The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS). The clothing firm rose +8.68 to $41.03 on the heels of a report of solid Q3 earnings. Edward Lampert holds 10.3 million shares, which represent 14.47% of his fund, purchased at $19.49. Ray Dalio owns 82,000 shares (0.03% of his fund). The shareholder paid $33.56 per asset.

Last but not least is Icahn Enterprises L.P. (NASDAQ:IEP). The financial stock is up +8.69%, now trading at $119.85. Billionaire Carl Icahn holds 99.2 million shares, representing 33.56% of his fund. Each asset cost him $64.57. Read More @ valuewalk

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George Soros was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1930. His father was taken prisoner during World War I and eventually fled from captivity in Russia to reunite with his family in Budapest. Soros was thirteen years old when Hitler's Wehrmacht seized Hungary and began deporting the country's Jews to extermination camps. In 1946, as the Soviet Union was taking control of the country, Soros attended a conference in the West and defected. He emigrated in 1947 to England, supported himself by working as a railroad porter and a restaurant waiter, graduated in 1952 from the London School of Economics, and obtained an entry-level position with an investment bank.

In 1956, Soros immigrated to the United States, working as a trader and analyst until 1963. During that time, he developed his own theory of markets called 'reflexivity', which he has laid out in his recent books THE ALCHEMY OF FINANCE and THE CREDIT CRISIS OF 2008 AND WHAT IT MEANS. In 1967 he helped establish an offshore investment fund; and in 1973 he set up a private investment firm that eventually evolved into the Quantum Fund, one of the first hedge funds, through which he accumulated a vast fortune.