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Tuesday, January 04, 2000

Odd Lots, January 4, 2000

Reported by Hayley Green

Free Magellan
From The Wall Street Journal
Magellan is asking its shareholders to approve a plan that would let Magellan invest up to 25% of its assets in a single company. That's lot of money for the $100 billion-plus investment pool, which is now only allowed to invest up to 5% of its assets in one company. By accumulating certain investments, especially large, rapid-growing companies like General Electric Co., Cisco Systems Inc. and Home Depot Inc., the fund has managed to outperform the market. As of Sept. 30, Magellan held 4.7% of the fund in General Electric as its top holding and 4.6% in Microsoft Corp., its No. 2 position. Last year, Magellan returned 24.1%, 2.8 percentage points ahead of the S&P 500's total return, according to Morningstar Inc.
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