Here Are The Bets Generating Big Returns For The Top Investment Gurus In 2012

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The S&P has gone straight up since the ball dropped in Times Square three months ago.

Insider Monkey broke down the big players who have been able to capitalise on the surge, looking at your favourite hedge funders’ best large-cap picks.

We grabbed those picks’ returns since the beginning of the year.

Warren Buffett

Best bets: American Express, 7%; IBM, 6%; Wells Fargo, 5.6%.

Fund: Berkshire Hathaway

Source: Insider Monkey

John Paulson

Best bets: Bank of America, 32.7%; Citi, 14%; Capital One, 11.6%.

Fund: Paulson & Co.

Source: Insider Monkey

George Soros

Best bets: American Express, 7%; IBM, 6%; Wells Fargo, 5.6%.

Fund: Soros Fund Management

Source: Insider Monkey

Whitney Tilson

Best bets: Howard Hughes Corp, 31.8%; Microsoft, 14.8%; Dell, 10%.

Fund: T-2

Source: Insider Monkey

Ray Dalio

Best bets: Eastman Chemical Company, 28%; Computer Science Corp., 26%; Microsoft, 14.8%.

Firm: Bridgewater Associates

Source: Insider Monkey

John Burbank

Best bets: Vivus, 110 %; Marathon Petroleum Corp., 27 %; Cytec Industries, 26 %.

Fund: Passport Capital

Source: Insider Monkey

Chase Coleman

Best bets: Apple, 29%; Yandex N.V., 17 %; Liberty Global Inc., 15.5 %.

Fund: Tiger Capital Management

Source: Insider Monkey

Marc Lasry

Best bets: TRW Automotive, 31%; Delta, 16.4%; Citi, 14%.

Firm: Avenue Capital

Source: Insider Monkey

Jamie Zimmerman

Best bets: Seagate Technologies, 63.7%; GM, 16.7%; Lyondellbasell, 13%.

Fund: Litespeed Management

Source: Insider Monkey

John Hurley

Best bets: Apple, 29%; Microsoft, 14.8%.

Fund: Cavalry Asset Management

Source: Insider Monkey

Martin Hughes

Best bets: Las Vegas Sands, 24%; Citi, 14%.

Fund: Toscafund Asset Management

Source: Insider Monkey

Michael Katz

Best bets: Cobalt International Energy, 82.4%; SunTrust Banks, 16%; Citi, 14%.

Firm: Glenrock Global Partners

Source: Insider Monkey

Bruce Berkowitz

Best bets: Sears, 133.5%; Bank of America, 32.7%.

Firm: Fairholme

Source: Insider Monkey

Eddie Lampert

Best bets: Sears, 133.5%; Seagate Technologies, 63.7%, Gap Inc., 22%.

Firm: ESL Investments

Source: Insider Monkey

And if you want to see which of their bets paid off most handsomely in 2011...

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