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Apple & Allergan top list of hedge fund positions

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

S&P Capital IQ is out with its quarterly hedge fund tracker, ranking the positions of pure play hedge funds based on reported data including Form 13F. Report data finds that information technology and healthcare stocks saw the largest growth in new hedge fund buying activity during Q2 2014, with Allergan and Apple as the most popular individual stocks.

On a sector basis, IT stocks saw hedge fund flows of $1.45 billion leading the pack for the second quarter in a row. Healthcare was at second most popular, for the top 10 hedge funds with $1.4 billion. Financials down $2.25 billion, with a decrease in American International Group $686 and Crown Castle International $272.

Allergan Inc. was the top new buy among the largest 10 hedge funds with $1.43 billion in new positions, 6 funds holding it; 2 brand new funds bought the company, 2 increasing existing positions and 2 held their stake. The company is being aggressively pursued by Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc. (VRX) and Pershing Square Capital Management LP for a takeover.

Apple saw the second-highest level of new buying activity among hedge funds with $855 million in new buys in Q2. Last quarter it was the second top buy with $1.95 billion bought, but, also the second top sell with $871 million sold. This quarter, we see no such ambivalence. Also listing the top 100 po......................

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