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Viking Global Investors, a large hedge fund investment firm, is out with the latest 13F filing for the quarter ending on 30th June. Viking’s top ten holdings make up 43 percent of the firm’s portfolio. The 13-F shows over $12billion in assets. The roundup of investments for this quarter are as follows:

Top Positions

The fund has expanded its holdings in Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN), and it is now Viking’s largest investment, taking up 6.03 percent of the portfolio, Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) holds 5.22 percent, Visa Inc (NYSE: V) equals 4.91 percent, Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB) makes up 4.65 percent and Apple Inc.  (NASDAQ:AAPL) makes up 4.63 percent of the total investments.

The major new additions to the top 5 were Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Visa Inc (NYSE:V) , the stock only made up 0.85 percent and 0.45 percent, respectively, of the portfolio in Q1 2011.

New Positions

For Q2 2012, Viking commenced 21 new positions in various stocks. The most significant additions to the investment fund were in State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT), ranked no.14 in investments and now makes up 2.72 percent of the portfolio. Another buy was in Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN), which takes up 1.94 percent of total portfolio, Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) 1.2 percent, Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY) 1.21 percent, and W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) 1.11 percent of the portfolio.

Other new investments were in Equinix Inc (NASDAQ:EQIX), Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG), Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX), and Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:SWKS). Each of these make up 0.8-1.0 percent of the portfolio.

Additions

Shares were expanded in 22 of Viking’s investments.

Viking increased investment in all of its top 8 holdings. Visa Inc (NYSE:V) was increased by 960 percent, the fund now holds 4.9 million shares in Visa Inc. The second big change was made in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock, the holdings were raised 465 percent with 0.98 million shares. Sclumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB) shares were  raised 172 percent, ACE Limited (NYSE:ACE) 173 percent, Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI) 153 percent, EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT) 153 percent, Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE:SHW) 186 percent, and WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG) 230 percent.

Reductions

The fund exited some major investments in Q2, in the top list of them were Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C), Wynn Resorts Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN), and Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM).

Viking  reduced holdings 16 of its positons, significant investments are Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ) by 69 percent, Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) by 63 percent, LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB) by 54 percent, Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE:HMA) by 44 percent, and US Bancorp (NYSE:USB) by 36 percent, and finally Trip Advisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP) by 14 percent.