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5 Unexpected Stocks Billionaires Were Piling Into in Q3

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When the term billionaire gets thrown around, many think ‘Bill Gates’ or ‘Mark Zuckerberg’. Due to the trend of tech billionaires becoming more prominent, we generally expect billionaire investors buying tech stocks, not the stocks of everyday, ‘boring’ companies. Yet according to the latest 13F data, many billionaire investors have recently invested in exactly those types of boring companies, and arguably, many of them made large chunks of their fortunes off such companies.

In this article we’ll take a look at five such stocks that billionaire hedge fund managers were piling into in Q3, which are Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD), Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC), EOG Resources Inc (NYSE:EOG), Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share (NYSE:JCI), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI). The following rankings are based on the change in the number of billionaire owners of each stock during the third quarter.

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#5 D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI)
– Number of Billionaire Shareholders (as of September 30): 9
– Total Value of Billionaire Holdings (as of September 30): $565.17 million

According to our database of 64 billionaires, 9 were long D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) at the end of September, up from 4 at the end of June. Even more impressively, the value of shares that the billionaires were long increased to $565.17 million by the end of Q3 from $353.42 million at the end of Q2. Although the stock is down by 10% year-to-date and U.S. interest rates could rise given the Trump win, D.R. Horton trades for just 9.67-times forward earnings estimates. Shares also yield 1.4%. If the U.S. economy remains robust, D.R. Horton could prove cheap in the long run.

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#4 Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share (NYSE:JCI)

– Number of Billionaire Shareholders (as of September 30): 11
– Total Value of Billionaire Holdings (as of September 30): $996.91 million

Like D.R. Horton, a net total of five billionaires added Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share (NYSE:JCI) to their equity portfolios in the third quarter. Andrew Kaplowitz of Citi recently initiated a ‘Buy’ rating on the stock. The analyst has a $54 price target on it, citing “above-average visibility to outsized earnings growth.” Shares of Johnson Controls International have been hot, rising by 44% year-to-date. Shares currently trade for 14.5-times forward earnings estimates.

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On the next page we’ll check out three more stocks that billionaire hedgies were piling into last quarter.

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