This Healthcare Fund Thinks Large-Caps Are The Best Way To Go

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HealthInvest Partners AB, led by Anders Hallberg and Carl Bennet, was founded back in 2006 with the purpose of investing in healthcare companies that are leaders in their market segments. Hence, it goes without saying that the fund’s strategy avoids risky bets on stocks, whose companies are in the early stages of clinical experiments and possess high risk. The fund employs a wide range of in-house research techniques to select companies which are trading at a discount or show stable free cash flows, since its managers prefer to target long-term investments. Thus, while HealthInvest Partners generally prefers small-cap stocks, as Anders Hallberg and Carl Bennet believe in the informational advantage gained through investing in less well-known companies, it’s not surprising to find that their top picks as of June 30 are actually in large-cap stocks. We’ll look at those top three positions of the fund, which are in Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE), Gilead Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:GILD), and Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM), in this article, and attempt to discern what makes them stand out to the fund.

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According to the fund’s latest 13F filings for the June 30 reporting period, it holds around 846,000 shares of Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) valued at $28.98 million. Over the second quarter the $210.96 billion pharmaceutical giant, which is engaged in the development and manufacturing of medical products, has lost around 3.6% of its value. Nevertheless, HealthInvest saw an opportunity in such a price movement and added an additional 60.22% to its previous position. The company is scheduled to report its second quarter earnings on July 28, and analysts expect the company to show EPS and revenue declines of 10% and 8% respectively on a year-over-year basis. Within our database, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management tops the list of the largest shareholders of Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) which have filed for the June 30 reporting period, owning 31.82 million shares valued at $1.07 billion at the end of the second quarter.

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