Hedge Fund Managers' 7 Favorite Stocks of 2019https://money.usnews.com/investing/stock-market-news/slideshows/hedge-fund-managers-favorite-stocks
Once every quarter, investors get a glimpse inside the minds of some of the wealthiest and most successful investors in the U.S. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requires any funds with more than $100 million in assets under management to file public quarterly updates on their stock holdings on form 13F.
Hedge funds made some big profits in a red-hot U.S. stock market in the first quarter of 2019. Novus recently compiled the following list of the top seven largest stock investments among fundamental equity managers that filed 13F forms.
1. Apple (ticker: AAPL). Apple is the top overall pick among hedge fund managers. After a hot start to the year, Apple shares dipped in May due to the company’s exposure to the U.S. trade war with China.
However, the stock still shows 22% gains for the year, outpacing the 15.4% rise of the S&P 500 index. D.E. Shaw & Co. and Adage Capital Management are top investors, each owning more than $1 billion in AAPL stock. Hedge funds reported owning a total of $57.9 billion in AAPL stock at the end of the first quarter.
2. Microsoft Corp. (MSFT). The company that overtook Apple as the most valuable public company is also the second top pick among hedge funds. Microsoft has been a market leader in 2019, gaining more than 32% year-to-date and pushing its market cap to more than $1 trillion.
In April, Microsoft reported fiscal third-quarter revenue growth of 14%, including 41% growth in commercial cloud sales and 71% Azure revenue growth. Top Microsoft investors include TCI Fund Management ($2 billion) and Tiger Global Management ($1.5 billion). Hedge funds reported $31.6 billion in total MSFT stock holdings. – Wayne Duggan