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Despite 'Bubble' Talk, Gold, Commodities Still Big Soros Holdings

August 17, 2010

After calling gold prices a "bubble" earlier this year, billionaire investor George Soros continued to trim a big stake in the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSE: GLD), but the ETF was still his largest, U.S.-listed, equity position at the end of the Q2. He was also adding to his stake in one gold miner and trimming his stake in another.

Soros made his name as a hedge fund pioneer, running one of the first such funds. He is still a frequent commenter on the markets, though he has turned much of the control of Soros Fund Management over to his two sons, Robert and Jonathan. However, the firm's moves are still closely watched.

With that in mind, investors can take a look at Soros' top U.S.-listed, equity holdings at the end of Q2 to see where the billionaire was putting his money.

Though trimming his gold ETF position, Soros was also adding to his stake in miner Kinross Gold (NYSE: KGC) while cutting his stake in another, Novagold Resources (AMEX: NG). Many of Soros' other big buys were in the commodity sector, with increased stakes in coal miner Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE), oil and gas producer InterOil Corporation (NYSE: IOC), and agriculture giant Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON).

He also bought shares in consumer electronics giant Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), communications cable maker CommScope (NYSE: CTV), and pharmacy chain CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS).

Looking at's graph charting the performance of Soros' end-of-Q2 holdings so far this quarter, one can see that his top holdings are staying ahead of the market. If you want to see the rest of Soros' top holdings, visit to see his fund's top positions and a chart of their combined performance.

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