Market Analysis

Q1 2018 Hedge Fund Holdings

The biggest holdings, new positions, recent exits… and more

Data and research presented byJohn S Kiernan, Senior Writer & Editor for WalletHub. Reprinted with permission. Visit here.

The 50 largest U.S.-based hedge funds on the Barron’s Penta Top 100 Hedge Funds boast more than $6 trillion in assets. For comparison, that’s more than the GDP of the 36 smallest U.S. states combined. 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.Apple, Inc.AAPL
4.Facebook, Inc.FB
5.Alphabet, Inc.GOOG
6.JPMorgan Chase & Co.JPM
7.Wells Fargo & Co.WFC
8.UnitedHealth Group, Inc.UNH
9.Bank of America Corp.BAC
10.Visa, Inc.V
11.Netflix, Inc.NFLX
12.Mastercard, Inc.MA
13.Citigroup, Inc.C
14.Comcast Corp.CMCSA
15.Intel Corp.INTC
16.Johnson & JohnsonJNJ
17.The Coca-Cola CompanyKO
18.Booking Holdings, Inc.BKNG
19.The Home Depot, Inc.HD
20.Adobe Systems, Inc.ADBE
21.The Boeing CompanyBA
22.Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.BRK.B
23.Broadcom Ltd.AVGO
24.Cisco Systems, Inc.CSCO
25.AbbVie, Inc.ABBV


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.

Most Bought & Sold Stocks

Hedge funds’ most recent moves clue us into their managers’ latest thoughts on where the market is moving and which sectors are heating up or cooling down. Below, you can see which companies’ shares hedge funds have been grabbing lately, as well as those they’ve been selling particularly quickly.

Q1 2018’s Most Bought Stocks

RankCompanyTicker Symbol
1Apple, Inc.AAPL
2Fortive Corp.FTV
5Bank of America Corp.BAC
6Comcast Corp.CMCSA
7Microsoft Corp.MSFT
8Wells Fargo & Co.WFC
9Verizon Communications, Inc.VZ
10General Electric Co.GE

Q1 2018’s Most Sold Stocks

RankCompanyTicker Symbol
1International Business Machines Corp.IBM, Inc.AMZN
3Facebook, Inc.FB
4Aetna, Inc.AET
5The Boeing CompanyBA
6Celgene Corp.CELG
7JPMorgan Chase & Co.JPM
8Alphabet, Inc.GOOGL
9The Home Depot, Inc.HD
10Citigroup, Inc.C


Read the entire report, and more, here.