Third Avenue Management Llc, the value investment firm founded by legendary investor Martin Whitman, boosted its positions in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT), Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE:DVN), Forest City Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:FCE.A), KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY), and Emcor Group Inc (NYSE:EME) during the third quarter of 2012, based on its 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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The 13f filing showed that the value firm increased its shares in Forest City Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:FCE.A) by 22,434 % (15,119,188 shares). Third Avenues’ total stake in the company is worth approximately $240.71 million. Forest City Enterprises is the second largest holding of the firm’s portfolio,  representing 5.46 percent.

The firm boosted its holdings in KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) by 1,032% (15,944,764 shares), which brings the total amount of its holdings in the company to approximately $152.85 million. Third Avenue bought an additional 1,120,056 shares of Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE:DVN), with a stake now worth approximately $142.46 million. Third Avenue also increased its shares in Emcor Group Inc (NYSE:EME) by 43% (351,901 shares), and by 15% (1,276,383 shares) in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT). Its total holdings in both companies for the third quarter were approximately $33.34 million and $103.91 million respectively.

During the third quarter, Third Avenue acquired new holdings in the following companies:

  • Chiquita Brands International, Inc. (NYSE:CQB)- 6,776 shares worth $5,995,000
  • Cal-Maine Foods Inc (NASDAQ:CALM)- 119,882 shares worth $5,387,497
  • IAMGOLD Corporation (NYSE:IAG)- 252,940 shares worth $3,998,982
  • Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE:AUY) 36,400 shares worth $695,604
  • Pioneer Drilling (PE)- 2.767,834 shares worth $21,561,427
  • Capitol Federal Financial, Inc.(NASDAQ:CFFN)- 22,615 shares worth $270,000
  • Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. (NYSE:ALC)- 50,000 shares worth $381,500
  • USEC Inc. (NYSE:USU)- 1 million shares worth $775,000

Third Avenue exited its positions in Pioneer Drilling Company (NYSE:PDC) and Delphi Automotive Plc (NYSE:DLPH) in the third quarter.

In addition to Forest City Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:FCE.A), Third Avenue’s other top holdings include Brookfield Asset Management Inc.(NYSE:BAM) (TSE:BAM.A), which accounts for 6.09 percent of its portfolio. Third Avenue holds large stakes in POSCO (NYSE:PKX), which represents 5.4 percent, The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK), 5.4 percent, and Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY), 3.49 percent in its portfolio.

Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B) also holds a significant amount of shares in The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK). Warren Buffet acquired additional 914,400 shares of the bank in the third quarter.