In this week's Barron's, Technology Trader columnist Eric Savitz describes a recent conversation he had with Paul Wick, longtime manager of the Seligman Communications and Information Fund [SPCIX]. Savitz describes Wick as "[o]ne of the very few tech-fund managers who lives here in the Valley... Wick is a smart investor who enjoyed the boom, survived the bust and is having a fine time in this year's upturn." Wick has some remarkable comments about Eastman Kodak (EK) and legendary fund manager Bill Miller of Legg Mason Value Trust [LMVTX]:
Wick is short Eastman Kodak (EK), which he says isn't gaining traction in the printer business and continues to be hurt by the digital-photography revolution. Wick notes that Legg Mason Value Trust holds 7.5% of Kodak's shares, while Legg Mason as a whole owns close to 20%. At Value Trust, Bill Miller's legendary streak beating the S&P 500 has been replaced by extended under-performance. Wick thinks that Miller eventually will go. When he does, the Kodak stake could follow, pressuring the shares. (emphasis added)
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