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30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds in Q2 of 2019

“The combination of historically low interest rates — $13 trillion of global government debt, over 20% of the total outstanding, yields less than-zero— and historically high levels of technological disruption, has created a stock market with a number of distinct segments that have widely varying valuations. Any judgment about the overall level of the stock market misses the nuance of these underlying extremes,” said Lone Pine Capital’s 2019 Q2 investor letter.

This sounds like the perfect setup for hedge funds to outperform the market on the long side of their portfolio. Last quarter we listed hedge funds’ top 30 stock picks for the first quarter of 2019. While the S&P 500 ETFs returned around 4.2% and Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) gained only 1.9% during the second quarter, hedge funds’ top 30 stock picks returned 5.5%. Interestingly, hedge funds’ top 3 stock picks returned an impressive 12% during the second quarter.

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Below we listed the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds at the end of June (you can also watch our video above covering the top 5 hedge fund stocks). Third quarter has been rough for most stocks. S&P 500 Index ETFs lost 0.2% while Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) lost 4.3% during the first 2 months of the third quarter. Nevertheless fifty seven percent of the 30 most popular hedge fund stocks delivered positive returns during the third quarter and their average return was 0.6%. If you are looking for a group of stocks that historically performed even better than these mostly large-cap stocks, you can check out our quarterly newsletter for 14 days free of charge. Our small and smid cap stock picks returned 29.5% year-to-date and outperformed the market by more than 12 percentage points. If you are only interested in large-cap stocks, check out the top 10 to 15 stocks in this list below:

30. Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE:MRK): $86.47
Number of Hedge Funds: 70
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$4.9 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 9.6%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 3.1%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 40
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Cliff Asness, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell

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Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management

29. Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL): $57.84
Number of Hedge Funds: 70
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$7.2 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 9.6%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 2.61%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 50
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Warren Buffett, Alex Snow

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28. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (NYSE:TMO): $287.06
Number of Hedge Funds: 72
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$41.4 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 9.9%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): -2.3%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 34
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: David Blood and Al Gore, Cliff Asness

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
27. Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:BKNG): $1,965.37
Number of Hedge Funds: 72
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$52.5 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 9.9%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 4.9%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 21
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Stephen Mandel, Donald Yacktman

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26. Boeing Company (The) (NYSE:BA): $364.09
Number of Hedge Funds: 74
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$5.1 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 10.1%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 0.6%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 29
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Andreas Halvorsen,  Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell

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25. ServiceNow, Inc. (NYSE:NOW): $261.33
Number of Hedge Funds: 77
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$4.2 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 10.5%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): -4.6%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 37
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Philippe Laffont,  Gabriel Plotkin

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24. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC)
Number of Hedge Funds: 77
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$7.6 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 10.5%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 3.1%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 101
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson,  Thomas Steyer

Phill Gross, Adage Capital Management
23. T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS): $78.05
Number of Hedge Funds: 78
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$2.6 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 10.7%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 5.3%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 43
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Ken Griffin, Lee Ainslie

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22. Allergan plc. (NYSE:AGN): $159.72
Number of Hedge Funds: 80
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$6.2 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 10.9%

Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): -4.2%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 79
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Seth Klarman, Matthew Halbower

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21. Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM): $156.07
Number of Hedge Funds: 82
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$5.8 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 11.2%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 2.9%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 15
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Ken Fisher, Stephen Mandel

20. Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C): $64.35
Number of Hedge Funds: 83
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$1.0 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 11.4%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): -7.4%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 18
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Jeffrey Ubben, Boykin Curry

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19. Worldpay, Inc. (WP)
Number of Hedge Funds: 84
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$5.8 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 11.5%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 10.1%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 24
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Israel Englander, Gabriel Plotkin

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18. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA): $44.26
Number of Hedge Funds: 86
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$6.5 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 11.8%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 5.2%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 19
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Boykin Curry, Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick

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17. Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG): $96.80
Number of Hedge Funds: 88
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$10.6 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 12.0%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 4.7%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 9
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, William B. Gray

Phill Gross, Adage Capital Management
16. J P Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM): $109.86
Number of Hedge Funds: 90
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$11.3 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 12.3%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): -1.0%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 10
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Warren Buffett, Ken Fisher

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15. Adobe Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBE): $284.51
Number of Hedge Funds: 92
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$9.2 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 12.6%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): -3.4%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 20
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Stephen Mandel, Ken Fisher

14. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK-B): $203.41 
Number of Hedge Funds: 93
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$21.1 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 12.7%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): -4.6%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 17
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Michael Larson, Boykin Curry

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13. Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC): 27.51
Number of Hedge Funds: 94
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$31.5 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 12.9%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): -5.1%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 12
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Warren Buffett, Richard S. Pzena

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Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway

12. PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL): $109.05
Number of Hedge Funds: 95
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$3.8 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 13.0%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): -4.7%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 16
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, Dan Loeb

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11. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): $208.49
Number of Hedge Funds: 95
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$57.8 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 13.0%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 5.9%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 11
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Warren Buffett, Ken Fisher

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10. Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA): $281.37
Number of Hedge Funds: 99
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$12 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 13.6%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 6.5%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 14
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Tom Russo, Charles Akre

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9. Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX): $293.75
Number of Hedge Funds: 106
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$11 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 14.5%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): -20%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 13
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Karthik Sarma, Daniel Sundheim

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8. Walt Disney Company (The) (NYSE:DIS): $137.26
Number of Hedge Funds: 113
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$6.4 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 15.5%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): -1%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 8
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Donald Yacktman, Daniel Sundheim

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7. Visa Inc. (NYSE:V): $180.82
Number of Hedge Funds: 117
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$15.2 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 16%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 4.3%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 6
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Ken Fisher, Warren Buffett

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6. Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): $1,188.10
Number of Hedge Funds: 126
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$11.5 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 17.3%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 9.9%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 5
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Boykin Curry, David Blood and Al Gore

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Boykin Curry of Eagle Capital

5. Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA): $175.03
Number of Hedge Funds: 127
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$16.6 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 17.4%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 3.3%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 7
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Ken Fisher, D. E. Shaw

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4. Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL): $1,190.53
Number of Hedge Funds: 129
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$10.1 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 17.7%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 9.9%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 4
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Ken Fisher, Cliff Asness

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3. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN): $1,776.29
Number of Hedge Funds: 163
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$24.2 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 22.3%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): -6.2%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 3
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Ken Fisher, Boykin Curry

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2. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): $137.79
Number of Hedge Funds: 167
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$25.8 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 22.9%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): 3.2%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 2
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Ken Fisher, Boykin Curry

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1. Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB): $185.67
Number of Hedge Funds: 182
Total Dollar Amount of Long Hedge Fund Positions:$21.4 billion
Percent of Hedge Funds with Long Positions: 24.9%
Third Quarter Return (through Aug 30th): -3.8%
Popularity Ranking (Q1): 1
Noteworthy Hedge Fund Shareholders: Chase Coleman, Andreas Halvorsen

Chase Coleman of Tiger Global

Chase Coleman of Tiger Global

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