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Apple Store. In the second quarter, PSP Investments decreased its holdings in Apple.

Recent modifications to a large Canadian pension’s U.S.-traded investments were significant.

In the second quarter, the Public Sector Pension Investment Board increased its holdings in Walmart (WMT) and decreased its interests in Apple (AAPL), Tesla (TSLA), and Microsoft (MSFT). The pension, whose name is PSP Investments, revealed the stock trades in a form it submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A request for comments on the investment modifications was not answered by Montreal’s PSP Investments. It oversees assets worth $180 billion.

To close the second quarter with 3.2 million shares of the iPhone manufacturer, PSP Investments sold 680,541 Apple shares. During the first half of the year, Apple shares fell 23%, compared to a 21% decline in the S&P 500 index.
Shares are risen 25% thus far this third quarter, while the index is up 12%.

Due to its recent growth, Apple now has the largest weighting in the S&P 500 since 1980. In the second quarter, Berkshire Hathaway (BRKb), owned by Warren Buffett, increased its position in Apple. The third fiscal quarter of Apple, which was reported at the end of July, was successful.

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According to one analyst, Tesla has the potential to dominate the auto industry by ousting a dominating competitor, much like how Apple’s iPhone upended the mobile phone industry. Investors at Tesla are likely currently most interested in the company’s three-for-one stock split. Tesla appeared prepared to make its charging network compatible with vehicles built by other automakers earlier this month. We believe that is a risky yet wise decision.

To close the second quarter with 127,018 shares, PSP Investments sold 68,242 Tesla shares. In the first half of the year, Tesla stock declined 36%; but, so far in the third quarter, shares are up 32%.

The pension reduced its holding in the software giant to 1.8 million shares by selling 476,302 shares of Microsoft. In the first half of the year, Microsoft stock fell by 24%; however, so far in the third quarter, shares are up 11%.

Microsoft stated in an earnings call that it continued to experience double-digit growth at the end of July. Microsoft’s most recent fiscal fourth quarter earnings were disappointing, but their resilient growth in cloud operations made up for it. Microsoft reportedly urged teams across the organisation to cut back on spending on business travel, outside training, and company outings earlier this month.

This month, Walmart slashed hundreds of positions. However, the second quarter’s earnings were strong and Walmart raised its earnings guidance this month. However, some believe that the corporation will continue to face challenges from rising interest rates.

To end the second quarter with 898,368 shares, PSP Investments purchased an additional 146,543 Walmart shares. In the first half of the year, Walmart stock fell 16%, but so far in the third quarter, shares are up 13%.

Inside Scoop is a regular Barron’s article that examines stock trades made by company executives and board members, also known as “insiders,” as well as big shareholders, politicians, and other notable individuals. These investors must disclose stock trades with the Securities and Exchange Commission or other regulatory bodies because of their insider status.

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