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Here’s ‘The Big Short’ Michael Burry’s largest stock holding

Here’s ‘The Big Short’ Michael Burry's largest stock holding

While it isn’t entirely uncommon for very famous and highly successful investors to keep many of their eggs in the same basket – as evidenced by the fact that 50% of Warren Buffett’s portfolio comes in the form of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares – others like Michael Burry seemingly prefer to have none of their holdings be more than 10% of the portfolio,

Despite this, several stocks make up a significant portion of his holdings, with Alibaba (NASDAQ: BABA) at 8% coming to mind first due to its rocky and uncertain nature. Still, the investor famous for “The Big Short” during the 2008 crisis, as of the latest update to his portfolio, appears to have found a new darling  – HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA).

HCA seemingly appeared on Burry’s radar in the final quarter of 2023 as it appeared among the holdings of his Scion Asset Management only in the latest 13-F filing, published on February 14, 2024.

How much HCA stock does Burry own?

Scion Asset Management’s latest filing indicates that Michael Burry acquired 20,000 shares of HCA Healthcare sometime in the fourth quarter of 2023. 

Given that HCA’s Q3 earnings report was heavily affected by a $100 million loss in a joint venture with Valseco, it sent the healthcare company’s stock reeling after it was released on October 24.

It is likely that Burry took advantage of the temporary drop in the stock market to acquire the otherwise highly promising HCA Healthcare.

Indeed, HCA found its shares at their lowest just days after the report was published and, in late October, stood at $221.81 but is, excluding the setback, generally considered a strong buy due to its continuous expansion and tendency to surpass analyst expectations in most recent quarters.

HCA 1-year stock price chart. Source: Finbold

HCA stock price chart

Once again, excluding the downturn following the release of HCA Healthcare’s Q3 report, the company has been recording strong performance. In the last 52 weeks, the healthcare stock is up 26.27% and it is 13.76% in the green year-to-date.

The strong uptrend is also observable in the last 30 days as HCA shares rose 9.23% in the time frame, though the most recent full week of trading featured a slowdown, with the stock rising 2.13%.

HCA 1-week stock price chart. Source: Finbold

By the latest close, HCA Healthcare declined 0.68% and closed at $313.20.

Nonetheless, assuming Michael Burry bought the healthcare stock near its 6-month low, he would have paid approximately $4.5 million for the shares and would have, by February 27, made about $1.76 million on his investment.

HCA Healthcare 12-month forecast

Judging by the average rating of HCA Healthcare stock retrieved from the stock analysis platform TipRanks, Michael Burry is likely to continue making money with the investment. On average, HCA shares are considered a “strong buy” and boast 13 “buy” ratings and no “sell” ratings.

Among the 16 experts represented on the platform, 3 are neutral when it comes to HCA Healthcare.

HCA analyst rating. Source: TipRanks

The average price target for the healthcare stock is also bullish at $325.75 and would constitute a 4.01% upside once reached.

Finally, while some experts believe HCA Healthcare could climb another 18.14% to $370, Goldman Sachs’ (NYSE: GS) recent forecast update set its target at $271 – 14.47% below the press time price.

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