Updated Nov 26th 2013 8:36PM
George Soros' investment firm recently purchased 590,278 shares of DryShips and 77,942 shares of Diana Shipping . That comes out to a $1.8 million stake in DryShips and an $841,000 stake in Diana Shipping. Soros' firm currently manages right around $6.8 billion spread across 2,333 holdings, so these additions are a very small portion of the total portfolio. The firm also owns small positions in Navios Maritime Holdings and Navios Partners.
Whether it's Soros himself or his fund managers, it appears his company is making a small bet on the dry bulk shipping sector, with DryShips and Diana Shipping leading the pack. So just what would motivate Soros to invest in this sector?
Some history on Soros' motivations for speculating
Looking at Soros' biography in Money Masters of Our Time by John Train, Soros is known as a speculator by nature, with an ability to trade in and out of positions quickly using margin debt. His strategy revolves around three main points, according to Train: