VeriSign, Inc.
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  • Nov. 25, 2013, 3:55 PM
    • Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), and AIG are the most popular (long) holdings of hedge funds, according to Goldman's latest hedge fund monitor, which analyzed the positions of 783 hedge funds with $1.7T of gross assets. Hedge fund holdings of AIG, however, account for 14 of the company's float compared to negligible amounts for Apple and Google.
    • The 20 most concentrated hedge fund holdings as defined by the percent of equity cap owned by the funds has consistently been a significant outperformer, according to Goldman. In order: AN, STZ, JCP, FDO, THC, HRB, BEAM, MU, NWSA, VRSN, CBG, NFLX, GT, TSO, ETFC, MSI, WPX, WYN, HES, CCI. The top 20 last quarter is here.
    • Overall, the studied hedge funds' performance leaves a bit to be desired, with average return of 6% YTD. Fewer than 5% outperformed the S&P 500, and 20% of funds posted an absolute loss.
    | Nov. 25, 2013, 3:55 PM | 15 Comments
  • Nov. 14, 2013, 4:50 PM
    • Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) takes a new 40.1M-share position in Exxon Mobil (XOM), apparently enough to make Warren Buffett's conglomerate the 6th-biggest holder of XOM shares. (13F)
    • Berkshire also added to existing stakes in Bank of New York (BK), DaVita Health Care Partners (DVA), Suncor Energy (SU), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and VeriSign (VRSN); stakes were lowered in ConocoPhillips (COP), DirecTV (DTV), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Sanofi (SNY).
    • XOM +0.7% AH.
    | Nov. 14, 2013, 4:50 PM | 24 Comments
  • Oct. 24, 2013, 4:23 PM
    • VeriSign (VRSN): Q3 EPS of $0.59 beats by $0.02.
    • Revenue of $244M beats by $3.48M. (PR)
    | Oct. 24, 2013, 4:23 PM
  • Aug. 21, 2013, 9:32 AM
    • AIG remains the "king of the hedge fund castle" writes ValueWalk, as Goldman's latest Hedge Fund Monitor shows 69 funds have the stock in their top 10 holdings as of June 30, ahead of #2 Google (GOOG) at 65 and #3 Apple (AAPL) at 50. The percent of equity cap owned by hedge funds is 14% for AIG, as opposed to negligible amounts for both Google and Apple.
    • Based on percent of equity cap owned by hedge funds, Charter Communications (CHTR) is the #1 hedge fund hotel at 37%. Among S&P 500 stocks, J.C. Penney at 36%, Constellation Brands (STZ) at 30% and H&R Block (HRB) at 26% lead the way. The average for the entire S&P 500 is 5%.
    • Goldman's basket of 20 "Most concentrated" hedge fund stocks has outperformed the S&P 500 by nearly 1200 bps YTD. Since 2001, the strategy has outperformed the S&P 69% of the time and by an average of 263 bps per quarter. In addition to the earlier-mentioned names there's: AN, VRSN, FDO, THC, CBG, GT, NFLX, TRIP, LYB, WPX, MSI, BEAM, DLTR, ZTS, WYN, LM, ETFC.
    | Aug. 21, 2013, 9:32 AM
  • Aug. 15, 2013, 6:20 AM
    | Aug. 15, 2013, 6:20 AM | 4 Comments
  • Jul. 25, 2013, 4:41 PM
    VeriSign (VRSN): Q2 EPS of $0.58 beats by $0.03. Revenue of $239.3M beats by $2.16M. (PR)
    | Jul. 25, 2013, 4:41 PM
  • Apr. 25, 2013, 4:22 PM
    VeriSign (VRSN): Q1 EPS of $0.58 beats by $0.03. Revenue of $236M (+15% Y/Y) beats by $3.37M. Shares +3% AH. (PR)
    | Apr. 25, 2013, 4:22 PM
  • Apr. 8, 2013, 8:26 AM

    VeriSign (VRSN) announces a new $600M offering of senior unsecured notes to be sold in a private placement to institutional buyers.

    | Apr. 8, 2013, 8:26 AM
  • Jan. 24, 2013, 4:12 PM
    VeriSign (VRSN): Q4 EPS of $0.59 beats by $0.08. Revenue of $230M (+13% Y/Y) beats by $0.72M. (PR)
    | Jan. 24, 2013, 4:12 PM
  • Jan. 24, 2013, 12:10 AM

    Notable earnings after Thursday’s close: CPHD, CRUS, ED, EGHT, ETFC, FLEX, INFA, JBHT, JNPR, KLAC, MSFT, MXIM, QLGC, RMBS, RMD, SBUX, SCSS, SXL, SYNA, T, TKR, TPX, VRSN

    | Jan. 24, 2013, 12:10 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 23, 2013, 5:35 PM

    Notable earnings after Thursday’s close: CPHD, CRUS, ED, EGHT, ETFC, FLEX, INFA, JBHT, JNPR, KLAC, MSFT, MXIM, QLGC, RMBS, RMD, SBUX, SCSS, SXL, SYNA, T, TKR, TPX, VRSN

    | Jan. 23, 2013, 5:35 PM
  • Jan. 7, 2013, 7:07 AM
    VeriSign (VRSN) could see its business model copied as the Internet domain name landscape is opened up with new suffixes such as .MOVIE, .CASINO, and .BEER set to potentially challenge the domination of .COM. Venture capitalists are backing smaller players in the TLD land rush, while big companies such as Amazon and Google are also looking to win strategic suffixes.
    | Jan. 7, 2013, 7:07 AM
  • Dec. 19, 2012, 4:31 PM

    VeriSign (VRSN) announces .net domain registration fees will rise 10% on July 1, 2013, to $5.62 from $5.11. The company's shares were recently clocked thanks to an agreement with the DoC to curtail price hikes for .com domain registrations - their price currently stands at $7.85.

    | Dec. 19, 2012, 4:31 PM
  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:39 PM

    The index-makers at the Nasdaq are good at selling the bottom: The average one-year return of stocks getting kicked out of the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) is more than 63%, according to Schaeffer's. "You buy low expectations, not low price," says Ryan Detrick. "Getting kicked out of the QQQ probably is a sign things can't get much worse." Full list of the 10 exiting on Monday.

    | Dec. 19, 2012, 1:39 PM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 6, 2012, 9:43 AM
    VeriSign (VRSN +1.4%) opens higher after disclosing it has increased the size of its buyback authorization by $458.8M to a cool $1B. That leaves VeriSign free to buy back 17.9% of outstanding shares at current levels. Management mentioned last week it was looking to re-evaluate VeriSign's capital structure, something that had led Wells Fargo to think both buybacks and debt offerings are likely. Following last week's bad news, shares are trading near late-2010 levels.
    | Dec. 6, 2012, 9:43 AM
  • Dec. 3, 2012, 5:01 PM
    VeriSign (VRSN +5.1%) recouped some of the giant losses it saw on Friday after Barron's came to its defense, arguing VeriSign's amended .com domain name registration deal still leaves the company with a high-margin business featuring plenty of visibility. It also noted Wells Fargo's continued bullishness, and conference call remarks about the deal freeing VeriSign to focus on finding ways to monetize its patents.
    | Dec. 3, 2012, 5:01 PM
Company Description
VeriSign Inc is a provider of domain name registry services and internet security, enabling internet navigation for many of the world's recognized domain names and providing protection for websites and enterprises around the world.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States