Following The Money

The 25 Stocks Hedge Funds Loved Most

Q1 2019 Hedge Fund Holdings: Top Stocks, New Buys & More

New research from suggest a rebound for hedge funds. Read the full report here

Jun 4, 2019 –After experiencing a 5.7% loss in 2018, hedge funds have started to rebound, experiencing their best first quarter in 13 years. Total hedge fund capital stands at $3.18 trillion. To put that in perspective, only four countries, including the U.S., have a GDP higher than that. Furthermore, the median yearly earning for a hedge fund manager is now just under $350,000, but there are many who are billionaires.

So it makes sense that people pay attention to what they’re buying, selling and holding. We want to replicate their success. Hedge funds’ quarterly public disclosures, mandated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, give us a window into their recent activity.

To help investors make informed decisions about where to put their money, WalletHub analyzed the filings of over 400 top hedge funds, identifying their biggest holdings, new positions, recent exits and more. You can check it all out below, including a breakdown of the names that billionaire stock pickers – from Warren Buffett to George Soros – prefer these days.

25 Most Popular Hedge Fund Stocks

RankName of the CompanyTickerChange
from Last Quarter
1.Microsoft Corp.MSFT, Inc.AMZN
3.Facebook, Inc.FB
4.Apple, Inc.AAPL
5.Visa, Inc.V
6.Alphabet, Inc.GOOG
7.JPMorgan Chase & Co.JPM
8.UnitedHealth Group, Inc.UNH
9.Bank of America Corp.BAC
10.Mastercard, Inc.MA
11.Wells Fargo & Co.WFC
12.Comcast Corp.CMCSA
13.Netflix, Inc.NFLX
14.The Coca-Cola CompanyKO
15.American Express CompanyAXP
16.Adobe Systems, Inc.ADBE
17.Johnson & JohnsonJNJ
18.The Home Depot, Inc.HD
19.Verizon Communications, Inc.VZ
20.The Boeing CompanyBA, Inc.CRM
22.Merck & Co., Inc.MRK
23.Pfizer, Inc.PFE
24.Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.TMO
25.Citigroup, Inc.C


Top Billionaire Stock Picks

Hedge funds have become so popular that the billionaires behind them have celebrity status. Not only are they rich and famous, but they can move markets with just a few words. Investors worldwide follow their every move.

If you, too, are curious to see how billionaire investors such as Warren Buffett, Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman are making their money these days, just check out the following infographic. You’ll find the top three holdings of 12 big-name billionaires, plus an overview of the stocks they’ve been buying and selling lately.

Hedge Fund Holdings by Sector

Diversification is key to investing success. That’s because spreading your chips around reduces risk and allows you to benefit from the broader market’s long-term upward trend. That’s why even the world’s best investors hedge their bets by allocating capital to various segments of the economy.

The investments don’t simply match the economy’s makeup, however. And they’re not always the same year to year, either. That’s why we can learn a lot from the way in which hedge funds diversify their investments. With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of where the money was during Q1 2019.

Source: WalletHub