Last week, we revealed the first half of our list of the 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds. In this article we’ll run through five more stocks that have elite money managers’ attention. Many hedge funds have started posting better returns in 2017 amid growing pressure from investors, who have begun to question the logic of putting their money into the $1 trillion hedge fund industry given its high fees and recent mediocre performance.
Several hedge funds have rebounded from uncharacteristically weak performance in recent years to beat the market in 2017. Billionaire Daniel Loeb recently told investors that his fund Third Point Ultra Ltd climbed 3.5% in May. Similarly, Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square climbed 2.4% in the same period, compared to the broader S&P 500’s 1.4% gain.
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Now then, let’s check out the back-half of our list of the 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds, beginning with Comcast.
10. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)
As of the end of March, 101 hedge funds in our database were long Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), up from 97 funds a quarter earlier, ranking it as the tenth-most popular stock among the hedge funds that we track. America’s largest cable provider had 22.55 million cable television accounts as of the end of March, while its Xfinity internet service is popular among cord cutters. Comcast’s Theme Parks business is also flourishing. In 2015, Universal Studios resorts were the third-most attended parks, with 44.9 million visitors. As of the end of March, Alex Snow’s Lansdowne Partners owns 39.41 million shares of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA).
Head to the next page to see which company ranked as the ninth-most popular among hedge funds.