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2 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Dow Stocks Billionaire Investors Have Been Buying


Prominent billionaire money managers can’t stop buying shares of two Dow Jones Industrial Average components whose growth strategies rely on artificial intelligence (AI).

This coming Sunday, May 26, will mark the 128th “birthday” for Wall Street’s most iconic stock index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI -1.53%).

When the Dow was first introduced in 1896, it was comprised of 12 predominantly industrial companies. Today, it’s a mix of 30 time-tested, multinational businesses from an assortment of sectors and industries.

While the Dow Jones has historically been viewed as a home for mature businesses that deliver modest growth and a quarterly dividend, ongoing changes to the index have shifted its representation. Though some of its components absolutely fit the bill as predictable, low-volatility businesses with market-topping yields (e.g., Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble), growth stocks are now also a notable part of this ageless index.

In particular, companies involved in the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) are represented within the Dow.

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The Dow Jones is home to companies benefiting from the artificial intelligence revolution

In its simplest form, AI relates to software and systems handling tasks that would normally be overseen by humans. What gives AI such wide-ranging utility is the ability for these systems to learn and evolve over time without human intervention (what’s known as “machine learning”). Software and systems becoming more proficient at their tasks, and perhaps even learning new skills or tasks, suggests AI can alter the growth trajectory for nearly every sector and industry.

According to analysts at PwC, artificial intelligence can add a jaw-dropping $15.7 trillion to the global economy by the turn of the decade. PwC estimates that $6.6 trillion of this benefit will come from increased productivity, with the remaining $9.1 trillion traced to various consumption-side effects.

Wall Street’s smartest, most-successful money managers don’t want to miss out on this trend — and the latest round of Form 13F filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shows it.

A 13F is a required quarterly filing for institutions with at least $100 million in assets under management that gives investors under-the-hood access to what Wall Street’s top investors bought and sold in the latest quarter. The 13Fs filed with the SEC on May 15 (the last day to report trades made in the March-ended quarter) show that prominent billionaire investors have been buying two AI Dow stocks hand over fist since 2024 began.

Amazon

The first artificial intelligence stock billionaire money managers can’t stop buying is a company that was added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average in February. I’m talking about world-leading e-commerce company Amazon (AMZN -1.14%). During the first quarter, nine billionaires purchased shares, including (total shares purchased in parentheses):

  • Israel Englander of Millennium Management (2,390,755 shares)
  • Ole Andreas Halvorsen of Viking Global Investors (1,972,702 shares)
  • Chase Coleman of Tiger Global Management (1,438,600 shares)
  • Jeff Yass of Susquehanna International (1,336,042 shares)
  • Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates (1,047,891 shares)
  • Dan Loeb of Third Point (900,000 shares)
  • Ken Fisher of Fisher Asset Management (785,018 shares)
  • Ken Griffin of Citadel Advisors (352,453 shares)
  • Philippe Laffont of Coatue Management (241,514 shares)

Amazon is using AI in more ways than I can list. Some of the more prominent examples include AI being deployed to improve search functionality for its online marketplace, as well as generative AI solutions being leaned on by Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers to tailor their message(s) to consumers.

Most people are familiar with Amazon because of its dominant e-commerce platform. Last year, Amazon accounted for nearly 38% of U.S. online retail sales. But in spite of all the revenue it brings in from its online marketplace, e-commerce provides Amazon little in the way of operating cash flow or income.

Amazon’s bread-and-butter operating segments are AWS, subscription services, and advertising services.

A strong argument can be made that nothing is more important to Amazon’s success than the continued growth of AWS. Enterprise cloud spending is still fairly early in its ramp-up stage, and as of the March-ended quarter, AWS had surpassed $100 billion in annual run-rate sales. Since cloud-service margins are substantially higher than what’s generated from online retail sales, AWS is typically responsible for more than half of Amazon’s operating income each year.

Subscription services is another rapidly growing segment for the company. In April 2021, then-CEO Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon had surpassed 200 million global Prime subscribers. Not only has this figure likely risen since the company secured the exclusive rights to Thursday Night Football, but perks that include free…



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