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Hedge fund stocks with most new positions in Q2 2018



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  • RBC Capital Markets has identified the stocks in which major hedge funds bought the most new positions during the second quarter.
  • These so-called rockets usually shoot higher while they’re being bought and continue rallying after, albeit at a slower pace, according to RBC. 

The most popular stocks among hedge funds saw little turnover during the second quarter, according to regulatory filings parsed by RBC Capital Markets.

Tech stocks like Facebook and Microsoft remained the darlings even after much public scrutiny over how they handle users’ data.

Beyond the most popular names, RBC also examined the stocks in which hedge funds added the most new positions last quarter. Lori Calvasina, RBC’s head of US equity strategy, calls these “rockets.”

“Rockets usually shoot straight up while being bought and keep climbing afterwards (though the speed slows and the ride gets bumpy),” she said in a note on Tuesday.

The list below highlights the stocks that hedge funds piled into during the second quarter, in ascending order of the number of new positions. It’s based on RBC’s study of 340 major hedge funds and comes with the usual disclaimer that hedge funds may have changed their positions since the quarterly 13-F filings were released. …

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