Top 10 Stock Picks of Gordon Malin’s Mountain Road Advisors

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In this article, we discuss the top 10 stock picks of Gordon Malin’s Mountain Road Advisors based on Q2 holdings of the fund. If you want to skip our detailed analysis of Malin’s history, investment philosophy, and hedge fund performance, go directly to the Top 5 Stock Picks of Gordon Malin’s Mountain Road Advisors.

After graduating from Bates College, Gordon Malin worked as a portfolio manager at Point 72, Visium Asset Management, and Citadel. He founded Mountain Road Advisors in June 2018 and was the portfolio manager until January 2021. Currently, he is the founder and COO of Elpha Secure.

The 13F public stock portfolio of Mountain Road Advisors, an investment fund, was valued at $511.76 million in the second quarter of 2021.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) are some of the most notable stock picks of Mountain Road as of the second quarter of 2021.

Mountain Road Advisors owns 188,274 shares in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) after raising its stake in the company by 2% in the second quarter of 2021. Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju is quite optimistic about the tech giant Microsoft Corporation. On October 27, he raised his price target on Microsoft to $340 from $320 and maintained an “Outperform” rating on the shares after quarterly results.

Mountain Road Advisors is also bullish on Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), according to the hedge fund’s disclosed holdings data as of the end of the second quarter of 2021. The fund increased its holding in the Alphabet stock by 3% in the second quarter, ending the period with 18,345 shares.

With this background in mind, let’s start our list of top 10 stock picks of Gordon Malin’s Mountain Road Advisors. We used Malin’s 13F portfolio for Q2 2021 for this analysis.

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Top Stock Picks of Gordon Malin’s Mountain Road Advisors

10. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Mountain Road Advisors Stake Value: $19,227,000

Percentage of Mountain Road Advisors’ 13F Portfolio: 3.75%

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 138

Mountain Road Advisors holds 140,382 shares of the company worth $19.23 million as of the second quarter of 2021.

On October 29, Oppenheimer analyst Martin Yang raised his price target on Apple to $170 from $165 and reiterated an “Outperform” rating on the shares.

ClearBridge Investments, in its first-quarter 2021 investor letter, mentioned Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Here is what the fund said:

“As we actively manage holdings and position sizes, we look to regularly recycle capital into more compelling opportunities. Maintaining our valuation discipline, we sharply reduced our position in Apple, whose shares more than doubled following our initial purchase in mid-2019 with an earnings multiple rising from the low-to-mid teens to nearly 30x.”

9. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH)

Mountain Road Advisors Stake Value: $30,988,000

Percentage of Mountain Road Advisors’ 13F Portfolio: 6.05%

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 105

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) is a health insurance business located in Minneapolis that offers health benefit plans and services. The company’s third-quarter EPS came in at $4.52, beating the estimates by $0.10. Revenue increased by 11% to $72.3 billion, with Optum and UnitedHealthcare seeing strong and diverse growth.

On October 25, Wells Fargo analyst Stephen Baxter raised his price target on UnitedHealth to $520 from $478 and maintained an “Overweight” rating on the shares.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is the latest addition to Mountain Road Advisors portfolio, as the hedge fund bought 77,386 shares of the company, worth $30.99 million. The company is also getting the attention of the smart money, as 105 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey reported owning stakes in the company at the end of the second quarter, up from 89 funds a quarter earlier.

Just like Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) is one of the notable stocks in Gordon Malin’s Mountain Road Advisors’ 13F portfolio in Q2.

In its third-quarter 2021 investor letter, Wedgewood Partners mentioned UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH). Here is what the fund said:

“UnitedHealth Group detracted from performance due to investor concerns about Medicare premiums as well as post-COVID medical cost trends. Medicare enrollment should continue to grow at double-digits at UnitedHealthcare. Meanwhile the Company’s Optum segment should be able to help bend the cost curve if indeed post-COVID volumes pick up to above pre-COVID levels. In any case, we do not think the long-term normalized trend of medical care in the U.S. has changed substantially and would look to add to our new position on any continuing short-term concerns.”

8. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)

Mountain Road Advisors Stake Value: $33,714,000

Percentage of Mountain Road Advisors’ 13F Portfolio: 6.58%

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 271

There were 271 hedge funds in our database that held stakes in the company at the end of the second quarter, compared to 243 funds in the preceding quarter. Fisher Asset Management is Amazon’s most significant stakeholder, with 1.93 million shares worth $6.34 billion.

On October 29, RBC Capital analyst Brad Erickson lowered his price target on Amazon.com to $4,000 from $4,150 but kept an “Outperform” rating on the shares.

Polen Capital, an investment management firm, in its third-quarter 2021 investor letter, mentioned Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN). Here is what the fund said:

“Amazon has also lagged as its revenue growth is slowing on the very difficult comparisons from last year when this behemoth was growing revenue by over 40%. We still expect exceptional long-term growth and significant margin expansion as the fastest growing (and now large) segments of Amazon are also generating the highest margins.”

7. T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS)

Mountain Road Advisors Stake Value: $34,217,000

Percentage of Mountain Road Advisors’ 13F Portfolio: 6.68%

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 100

T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS), a provider of mobile communications services, is ranked seventh on the list of top 10 stock picks of Gordon Malin’s Mountain Road Advisors. The hedge fund holds 236,254 shares in the company worth $34.22 million, representing 6.68% of their portfolio.

On October 18, Deutsche Bank analyst Bryan Kraft lowered T-Mobile’s price target to $185 from $195 but maintained a “Buy” recommendation on the stock.

T-Mobile US, Inc. is also getting the attention of the smart money, as 100 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey reported owning stakes in the company at the end of the second quarter, up from 98 funds a quarter earlier.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) are some of the stocks to buy according to Gordon Malin’s Mountain Road Advisors, along with T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS).

6. Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)

Mountain Road Advisors Stake Value: $37,533,000

Percentage of Mountain Road Advisors’ 13F Portfolio: 7.33%

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 61

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU), a transportation company, is placed sixth on the list of top 10 stock picks of Gordon Malin’s Mountain Road Advisors. The Surface Transportation Board gave the nod to the railroad control application filed by Kansas City Southern and Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE:CP) to create Canadian Pacific Kansas City, the only single-line railroad connecting the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Mountain Road Advisors owns 132,453 shares of Kansas City Southern, worth over $37.53 million.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) are some of the notable stocks in Gordon Malin’s Mountain Road Advisors’ 13F portfolio in Q2, just like Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU).

Miller/Howard Investments, an investment management firm, in its first-quarter 2021 investor letter, mentioned Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU). Here is what the fund said:

“Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) agreed to acquire Kansas City Southern (KSU) in the largest rail deal in over a decade. The merger will create the first rail network connecting Canada, the US, and Mexico, and it should benefit from the passage of the USMCA Trade Agreement. We initiated a position in KSU in Q4 as we expected it to benefit from growing North American trade and viewed it as a consolidation candidate.”

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