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Harvard University Stock Portfolio: Top 10 Picks

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In this article, we discuss the top 10 picks in Harvard University's stock portfolio. You can skip our detailed analysis of the Harvard Management Company's past performance and go directly to Harvard University Stock Portfolio: Top 5 Picks.

Harvard’s endowment is Harvard University’s largest financial asset and comprises over 14,000 funds. The endowment is managed by Harvard Management Company (HMC) since 1974, whose main goal is to generate strong long-term results to support the educational and research activities of Harvard University, which derives over 35% of its operating revenue from endowment distributions. Jane Mendillo served as the President and CEO of the hedge fund from 2008 till 2014, when she finally stepped down from her position. In 2016, N.P Narvekar took over as the CEO and President of HMC. As of 2021, HMC manages over $41 billion of the University’s endowment.

Prior to joining HMC, N.P. Narvekar worked as the CEO of Columbia University Investment Management Company from 2002 to 2015. During his tenure, Columbia’s compound annualized rate of return through fiscal 2015 was reported at 10.1%, according to Harvard Magazine. To maximize the performance of HMC, Narvekar transformed two of the fund’s previous Hybrid Models and the Silo Approach of investing. Instead of considering both internal and external managers for investing in Harvard’s endowment portfolio, Narvekar shifted the strategy to rely more on external managers and firms, the policy which is practiced by many other university endowments.

HMC’s annualized rate of return for the period from 2005 to 2015 stood at 7.6%, compared with Columbia’s 10.1% during the same period. The figure declined to 5.7% in 2016, reflecting the losses of investment in one year. However, the shift in the investment policy of Narvekar resulted in HMC gaining 8.1% in 2017, followed by a 10.1% return in 2018 and 6.5% in 2019. According to a report by The Harvard Crimson, in FY20, HMC returned 7.3% on its investment, driving the University’s total endowment value to the largest sum in its history at approximately $42 billion.

Some of the main sectors that Harvard Management Company invests in include technology, healthcare, and financial. As of Q2 2021, the hedge fund has over $1.7 billion in assets under management and the total value of its 13F portfolio grew by 0.97% when compared with the first quarter. Some of the top stocks in the hedge fund’s portfolio include Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ:SGMS), Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW), Royalty Pharma plc. (NASDAQ:RPRX), and DaVita Inc. (NYSE:DVA). The top ten holdings represent 79.56% of the hedge fund’s 13F portfolio, as of Q2.

Our Methodology:

Let's analyze our list of the top picks in Harvard University's portfolio. We picked these stock from Harvard Management Company's Q2 portfolio.

Harvard University Stock Portfolio: Top 10 Picks
Harvard University Stock Portfolio: Top 10 Picks

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Harvard University Stock Portfolio: Top 10 Picks

10. 10x Genomics, Inc. (NASDAQ:TXG)

Harvard Management Company’s Stake Value: $36,451,000

Percentage of Harvard Management Company’s 13F Portfolio: 2.09%

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 28

10x Genomics, Inc. (NASDAQ:TXG) is an American biotechnology company that develops integrated systems for whole genome sequencing and single-cell transcriptomics. The company ranks tenth on our list of the top picks in Harvard University’s portfolio.

Harvard Management Company holds 186,143 shares in 10x Genomics, Inc. (NASDAQ:TXG), worth over $36.4 million, as of Q2 2021. The company represents 2.09% of the hedge fund’s 13F portfolio. In Q2, 10x Genomics, Inc. (NASDAQ:TXG) posted a GAAP EPS of -$0.10, beating the estimates by $0.16. The company’s revenue for the quarter stood at $115.8 million, showcasing a 169.9% year-over-year growth. For FY21, 10x Genomics, Inc. (NASDAQ:TXG) lifted its guidance and now expects revenue in the range of $480 million to $500 million versus the estimates of $496.6 million. In August, Citigroup gave a ‘Buy’ rating to 10x Genomics, Inc. (NASDAQ:TXG), with a $24 price target.

As of Q2 2021, 28 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey have positions in 10x Genomics, Inc. (NASDAQ:TXG), up from 23 in the previous quarter. The total value of these stakes is over $1.4 billion.

Like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ:SGMS), Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW), Royalty Pharma plc. (NASDAQ:RPRX), and DaVita Inc. (NYSE:DVA), 10x Genomics, Inc. (NASDAQ:TXG) is gaining investors’ attention in 2021.

9. DaVita Inc. (NYSE:DVA)

Harvard Management Company’s Stake Value: $49,245,000

Percentage of Harvard Management Company’s 13F Portfolio: 2.83%

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 39

DaVita Inc. (NYSE:DVA) is an American healthcare company that works to transform the healthcare delivery systems to improve patients’ lives. The company lays its main focus on kidney care services in the U.S. DaVita Inc. (NYSE:DVA) ranks ninth on our list of the top picks in Harvard University’s portfolio.

In Q2 2021, Harvard Management Company started building its positions in DaVita Inc. (NYSE:DVA) with 408,912 shares worth over $49.2 million. The company now represents 2.83% of the hedge fund’s portfolio. In the second quarter, DaVita Inc. (NYSE:DVA) reported revenue of $2.92 billion, up 1.4% from the prior-year quarter and beating the estimates by $50 million. For FY21, the company expects the adjusted EPS of $8.80-$9.40, versus the estimates of $8.66. In July, Deutsche Bank lifted its price target on DaVita Inc. (NYSE:DVA) to $207, with a ‘Buy’ rating on the shares. The firm’s analyst believes that the company has evolved in the past two years and sees a potential upside in its dialysis business.

As of Q2 2021, 39 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey have positions in DaVita Inc. (NYSE:DVA), compared with 34 in the previous quarter. These stakes are valued at over $5.1 billion. With over 36 million shares, worth $4.3 billion, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is the company’s leading shareholder.

Like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ:SGMS), Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW), and Royalty Pharma plc. (NASDAQ:RPRX), DaVita Inc. (NYSE:DVA) is one of the top picks in Harvard University’s portfolio.

8. Recursion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:RXRX)

Harvard Management Company’s Stake Value: $55,088,000

Percentage of Harvard Management Company’s 13F Portfolio: 3.16%

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 15

Recursion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:RXRX) stands eighth on our list of the top picks in Harvard University’s portfolio. It is an American clinical-stage biotechnology company that focuses on drug discovery through digital biology.

Recursion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:RXRX) is one of the latest acquisitions of Harvard Management Company as the fund bought over 1.5 million shares of the company worth $55.08 million in Q2 2021. The company accounts for 3.16% of the hedge fund’s 13F portfolio. Recently, Berenberg initiated its coverage on Recursion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:RXRX) with a ‘Buy’ rating and a $37 price target. In Q2 2021, the company reported revenue of $2.55 million, showcasing a 1242% year-over-year growth.

As of Q2 2021, 15 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey have positions in Recursion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:RXRX), worth $451.9 million.

7. Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE)

Harvard Management Company’s Stake Value: $81,731,000

Percentage of Harvard Management Company’s 13F Portfolio: 4.7%

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 47

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE) is an American Fortune 500 company that provides services in marketplace infrastructure, data services, and technology to financial institutions, corporations, and government officials. The company ranks seventh on our list of the top picks in Harvard University’s portfolio.

As of Q2 2021, Harvard Management Company owns 688,549 shares of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE), worth $81.7 million. The fund has reduced its stake in the company by 67%.

In August, Morgan Stanley lifted its price target on Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE) to $124 with an ‘Equal Weight’ rating on the shares. In the same month, Raymond James also raised its price target on the stock to $140, while keeping a ‘Strong Buy’ rating on the shares.

As of Q2 2021, 47 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey have positions in Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE), compared with 58 in the previous quarter. The total value of these stakes is nearly $3 billion.

Like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ:SGMS), Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NYSE:PANW), Royalty Pharma plc. (NASDAQ:RPRX), and DaVita Inc. (NYSE:DVA), Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE) is one of the top choices of investors and analysts alike in 2021.

Oakmark Funds recently released its second-quarter 2021 investor letter and mentioned Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE) in it. Here is what the firm has to say:

“Intercontinental Exchange is one of the largest and, in our view, most successful financial exchange operators in the world. The company was created through a series of shrewd acquisitions executed by their founder and CEO Jeff Sprecher. Sprecher is one of the more capable CEOs we’ve evaluated, having demonstrated a long history of astute capital allocation and a willingness to act and adapt rapidly to new opportunities and competitive threats. Today, Intercontinental Exchange competes in three primary business segments: exchanges, fixed income/data services and mortgage technology. We believe each of these businesses exhibits attractive economic characteristics and that each should grow earnings well in excess of GDP over the long term. Despite this favorable long-term outlook, the company currently trades at a P/E ratio that is roughly in line with the S&P 500. We believe a business with Intercontinental Exchange’s strong competitive position, excellent management team and attractive growth outlook deserves to trade well above a market multiple. We like buying great businesses at average prices and believe Intercontinental Exchange represents a compelling opportunity to do just that.”

6. AbCellera Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:ABCL)

Harvard Management Company’s Stake Value: $90,312,000

Percentage of Harvard Management Company’s 13F Portfolio: 5.19%

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 18

AbCellera Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:ABCL) stands sixth on our list of the top picks in Harvard University’s portfolio. It is a biotechnology company that develops human antibodies to address pandemics and common diseases. The company has headquarters in Vancouver, Canada.

As of Q2 2021, Harvard Management Company owns over 4.1 million shares in AbCellera Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:ABCL), worth $90.3 million. The company represents 5.19% of the hedge fund’s 13F portfolio. Recently, AbCellera Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:ABCL) announced its multi-year and multi-target research collaboration with the biotech behemoth, Moderna, Inc. (NASDAQ:MRNA). The collaboration will strengthen the company’s AI-powered technology for identifying therapeutic antibodies. In Q2 2021, AbCellera Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:ABCL) posted revenue of $27.64 million, showcasing a 146.1% year-over-year growth. In August, Credit Suisse gave an ‘Outperform’ rating to AbCellera Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:ABCL), with a $49 price target.

As of Q2 2021, 18 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey have positions in AbCellera Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:ABCL), compared with 20 in the previous quarter. The total value of these stakes is $773.1 million. Baker Bros. Advisors is the company’s largest shareholder with shares worth $229.9 million.

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