The 45 Stocks That Big Hedge Funds Love The Most

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Research group Factset is out with its latest quarterly report on the equities exposure for the  50 largest hedge funds. 

They found that 45 of 50 managers increased their stock positions by an average of 3 per cent in Q2.

Procter & Gamble and BP were the big winners: the top 50 hedge funds more than doubled the number of shares they own of each stock during the quarter.

The funds surveyed range from James Simon’s $34 billion Renaissance Technologies to young gun William von Mueffling’s $4 billion Cantillon.

Read on to see who else came out on top among the country’s most influential financial players.

We ranked the stocks in order of number of funds holding the stock. 

And one definition note, “market cap” refers to the aggregate value of the funds’ holdings of the given stock.

Icahn Enterprises is owned by 2 funds

Sector: Consumer discretionary

Quarterly market value performance: 0.0%

Market cap: $3.7 billion

Shares outstanding: 93%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.9%

Source: Factset

TELUS Corp. is owned by 2 funds

Sector: Consumer discretionary

Quarterly market value performance: 0.0%

Market cap: $1.96 billion

Shares outstanding: 18.7%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.5%

Source: Factset

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings is held by 4 funds

Sector: Consumer discretionary

Quarterly market value performance: -1.0%

Market cap: $1.5 billion

Shares outstanding: 77.5%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.3%

Source: Factset

AutoNation is held by 5 funds

Sector: Consumer discretionary

Quarterly market value performance: -1.1%

Market cap: $1.7 billion

Shares outstanding: 39.5%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.4%

Source: Factset

Netease Inc. is held by 8 funds

Sector: IT

Quarterly market value performance: -4.9%

Market cap: $1.7 billion

Shares outstanding: 20.5%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.4%

Source: Factset

General Growth Properties is held by 8 funds

Sector: Financials

Quarterly market value performance: 2.8%

Market cap: $1.4 billion

Shares outstanding: 8.4%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.3%

Source: Factset

Sears is held by 9 funds

Sector: Consumer discretionary

Quarterly market value performance: -2.3%

Market cap: $2.6 billion

Shares outstanding: 20.5%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.6%

Source: Factset

Canadian Pacific is held by 11 funds

Sector: Industrials

Quarterly market value performance: 6.3%

Market cap: $2 billion

Shares outstanding: 15.9%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.5%

Source: Factset

Gap is held by 11 funds

Sector: Consumer discretionary

Quarterly market value performance: 9.0%

Market cap: $1.6 billion

Shares outstanding: 12.3%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.4%

Source: Factset

IBM is held by 12 funds

Sector: IT

Quarterly market value performance: 17.8%

Market cap: $1.7 billion

Shares outstanding: 20.5%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.4%

Source: Factset

Exxon is held by 12 funds

Sector: Energy

Quarterly market value performance: 5.7%

Market cap: $1.7 billion

Shares outstanding: 0.4%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.4%

Source: Factset

BP is held by 12 funds

Sector: Energy

Quarterly market value performance: 138.5%

Market cap: $2.4 billion

Shares outstanding: 1.9%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.6%

Source: Factset

Delphi Automotive is held by 12 funds

Sector: Consumer discretionary

Quarterly market value performance: -11.6%

Market cap: $1.4 billion

Shares outstanding: 16.9%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.3%

Source: Factset

Charter Communications is owned by 13 funds

Sector: Consumer discretionary

Quarterly market value performance: 17.1%

Market cap: $2.7 billion

Shares outstanding: 37.4%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.6%

Source: Factset

Procter & Gamble is held by 13 funds

Sector: Consumer staples

Quarterly market value performance: 183.2%

Market cap: $2.25 billion

Shares outstanding: 1.3%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.5%

Source: Factset

Johnson & Johnson is held by 13 funds

Sector: Health care

Quarterly market value performance: 54.7%

Market cap: $1.4 billion

Shares outstanding: 0.7%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.3%

Source: Factset

Anadarko is owned by 13 funds

Sector: Energy

Quarterly market value performance: -4.4%

Market cap: $1.4 billion

Shares outstanding: 4.3%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.3%

Source: Factset

Motorola Solutions is held by 13 funds

Sector: Telecom

Quarterly market value performance: -5.2%

Market cap: $1.8 billion

Shares outstanding: 13.1%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.4%

Source: Factset

Equinix is held by 14 funds

Sector: IT

Quarterly market value performance: 16.3%

Market cap: $1.9 billion

Shares outstanding: 22.8%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.5%

Source: Factset

Beam Inc. is held by 14 funds

Sector: Consumer staples

Quarterly market value performance: 16.3%

Market cap: $1.9 billion

Shares outstanding: 22.8%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.5%

Source: Factset

TripAdvisor Inc. is owned by 14 funds

Sector: Consumer discretionary

Quarterly market value performance: 16.2%

Market cap: $1.2 billion

Shares outstanding: 22.8%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.3%

Source: Factset

Philip Morris is owned by 14 funds

Sector: Consumer discretionary

Quarterly market value performance: 36.4%

Market cap: $1.7 billion

Shares outstanding: 1.1%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.4%

Source: Factset

Crown Castle is owned by 14 funds

Sector: Telecom

Quarterly market value performance: -24.3%

Market cap: $1.7 billion

Shares outstanding: 9.7%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.4%

Source: Factset

Intel is held by 14 funds

Sector: IT

Quarterly market value performance: 17.1%

Market cap: $1.5 billion

Shares outstanding: 1.1%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.3%

Source: Factset

Mastercard is held by 14 funds

Sector: IT

Quarterly market value performance: -2.5%

Market cap: $1.67 billion

Shares outstanding: 1.9%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.4%

Source: Factset

Monsanto is held by 15 funds

Sector: Materials

Quarterly market value performance: 2.0%

Market cap: $1.58 billion

Shares outstanding: 3.6%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.4%

Source: Factset

Schlumberger is held by 15 funds

Sector: Energy

Quarterly market value performance: 52.3%

Market cap: $1.56 billion

Shares outstanding: 1.8%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.4%

Source: Factset

Pfizer is owned by 15 funds

Sector: Health care

Quarterly market value performance: 3.0%

Market cap: $1.7 billion

Shares outstanding: 1.0%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.4%

Source: Factset

AIG is held by 15 funds

Sector: Financials

Quarterly market value performance: 67.3%

Market cap: $1.3 billion

Shares outstanding: 2.2%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.3%

Source: Factset

LyondellBasell Industries is held by 16 funds

Sector: Materials

Quarterly market value performance: -3.5%

Market cap: $7.5 billion

Shares outstanding: 32.5%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 1.8%

Source: Factset

Cisco is owned by 16 funds

Sector: IT

Quarterly market value performance: -29.5%

Market cap: $1.5 billion

Shares outstanding: 1.7%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.4%

Source: Factset

Wells Fargo is held by 17 funds

Sector: Financials

Quarterly market value performance: -13.8%

Market cap: $2 billion

Shares outstanding: 1.1%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.5%

Source: Factset

Liberty Global is held by 17 funds

Sector: Consumer discretionary

Quarterly market value performance: 13.0%

Market cap: $1.76 billion

Shares outstanding: 24.5%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.4%

Source: Factset

WellPoint is held by 17 funds

Sector: Health care

Quarterly market value performance: 34.0%

Market cap: $1.76 billion

Shares outstanding: 8.3%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.4%

Source: Factset

HP is held by 18 funds

Sector: IT

Quarterly market value performance: 14.6%

Market cap: $1.3 billion

Shares outstanding: 3.3%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.3%

Source: Factset

Visa is held by 17 funds

Sector: IT

Quarterly market value performance: 21.5%

Market cap: $3.2 billion

Shares outstanding: 4.9%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.8%

Source: Factset

News Corp. is held by 18 funds

Sector: Consumer discretionary

Quarterly market value performance: 21.0%

Market cap: $3.3 billion

Shares outstanding: 9.1%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.8%

Source: Factset

Amazon is held by 19 funds

Sector: Consumer discretionary

Quarterly market value performance: 35.9%

Market cap: $1.95 billion

Shares outstanding: 1.9%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.5%

Source: Factset

Microsoft is held by 19 funds

Sector: IT

Quarterly market value performance: 2.4%

Market cap: $3 billion

Shares outstanding: 1.0%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.6%

Source: Factset

JPMorgan Chase is held by 19 funds

Sector: Financials

Quarterly market value performance: -5.1%

Market cap: $2.1 billion

Shares outstanding: 1.6%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.5%

Source: Factset

Oracle is held by 21 funds

Sector: IT

Quarterly market value performance: 9.0%

Market cap: $2.7 billion

Shares outstanding: 1.9%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.6%

Source: Factset

QUALCOMM is held by 22 funds

Sector: IT

Quarterly market value performance: 5.5%

Market cap: $3 billion

Shares outstanding: 3.2%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.7%

Source: Factset

priceline.com is held by 22 funds

Sector: Consumer discretionary

Quarterly market value performance: -3.5%

Market cap: $3.75 billion

Shares outstanding: 11.3%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 0.9%

Source: Factset

Google is held by 28 funds

Sector: IT

Quarterly market value performance: -3.5%

Market cap: $7.5 billion

Shares outstanding: 3.4%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 1.2%

Source: Factset

Apple is held by 28 funds

Sector: IT

Quarterly market value performance: -3.2%

Market cap: $10.6 billion

Shares outstanding: 1.9%

Share of Top 50's aggregate portfolio: 2.5%

Source: Factset

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