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Goldman Sachs Very Important Position stock list, Q3 2017

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Hedge funds make their money choosing which stocks they think will succeed and fail.

Goldman Sachs recently updated its Very Important Position list of stocks, which are among the top 10 holdings for a large number of hedge funds.

It’s worth noting that the rankings are based off of funds’ 13-F filings with the SEC for the third quarter of 2017, and so their holdings may have changed since.

Here are the 17 stocks that showed up most often in hedge funds’ lists of their top 10 holdings.


17. Netflix

Ticker: NFLX

Subsector: Internet & Direct Marketing Retail

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 24

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 40

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 10%

Year-to-date total return: 58%

16. C. R. Bard Inc.

Ticker: BCR

Subsector: Healthcare Equipment

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 24

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 28

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 18%

Year-to-date total return: 49%

15. Dell Technologies

Ticker: DVMT

Subsector: Systems Software

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 25

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 44

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 30%

Year-to-date total return: 48%

14. Monsanto

Ticker: MON

Subsector: Fertilizers & Agricultural Chemicals

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 26

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 36

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 10%

Year-to-date total return: 15%

13. Charter Communications

Ticker: CHTR

Subsector: Cable & Satellite

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 29

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 55

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 11%

Year-to-date total return: 18%

12. PayPal

Ticker: PYPL

Subsector: Data Processing & Outsourced Services

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 30

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 41

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 4%

Year-to-date total return: 97%

11. Visa

Ticker: V

Subsector: Data Processing & Outsourced Services

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 36

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 64

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 4%

Year-to-date total return: 43%

10. Citigroup

Ticker: C

Subsector: Diversified Banks

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 40

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 60

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 2%

Year-to-date total return: 22%

9. NXP Semiconductors

Ticker: NXPI

Subsector: Semiconductors

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 41

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 49

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 40%

Year-to-date total return: 18%

8. Bank of America

Ticker: BAC

Subsector: Diversified Banks

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 41

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 67

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 2%

Year-to-date total return: 22%

7. Apple

Ticker: AAPL

Subsector: Technology Hardware Storage & Peripherals

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 42

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 68

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 1%

Year-to-date total return: 50%

6. Time Warner

Ticker: TWX

Subsector: Movies & Entertainment

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 47

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 62

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 15%

Year-to-date total return: -7%

5. Microsoft

Ticker: MSFT

Subsector: Systems Software

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 52

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 81

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 2%

Year-to-date total return: 37%

4. Alphabet

Ticker: GOOGL

Subsector: Internet Software & Services

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 52

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 84

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 4%

Year-to-date total return: 32%

3. Alibaba

Ticker: BABA

Subsector: Internet Software & Services

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 59

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 78

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 3%

Year-to-date total return: 111%

2. Amazon

Ticker: AMZN

Subsector: Internet & Direct Marketing Retail

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 75

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 103

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 2%

Year-to-date total return: 52%

1. Facebook

Ticker: FB

Subsector: Internet Software & Services

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 81

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 115

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 4%

Year-to-date total return: 56%

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