Finance GOLDMAN SACHS: Here are the 17 stocks hedge funds love the most

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BI PRIME: Goldman Sachs recently updated their Very Important Position list of stocks that are popular among hedge funds.

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(Reuters / Charles Platiau)
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Hedge funds make their money choosing which stocks they think will succeed and fail.

Goldman Sachs recently updated its Very Important Position list of stocks, which are among the top 10 holdings for a large number of hedge funds.

It's worth noting that the rankings are based off of funds' 13-F filings with the SEC for the third quarter of 2017, and so their holdings may have changed since.

Here are the 17 stocks that showed up most often in hedge funds' lists of their top 10 holdings.

17. Netflix

17. Netflix play

17. Netflix

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: NFLX

Subsector: Internet & Direct Marketing Retail

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 24

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 40

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 10%

Year-to-date total return: 58%



16. C. R. Bard Inc.

16. C. R. Bard Inc. play

16. C. R. Bard Inc.

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: BCR

Subsector: Health Care Equipment

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 24

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 28

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 18%

Year-to-date total return: 49%



15. Dell Technologies

15. Dell Technologies play

15. Dell Technologies

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: DVMT

Subsector: Systems Software

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 25

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 44

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 30%

Year-to-date total return: 48%



14. Monsanto

14. Monsanto play

14. Monsanto

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: MON

Subsector: Fertilizers & Agricultural Chemicals

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 26

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 36

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 10%

Year-to-date total return: 15%



13. Charter Communications

13. Charter Communications play

13. Charter Communications

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: CHTR

Subsector: Cable & Satellite

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 29

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 55

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 11%

Year-to-date total return: 18%



12. PayPal

12. PayPal play

12. PayPal

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: PYPL

Subsector: Data Processing & Outsourced Services

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 30

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 41

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 4%

Year-to-date total return: 97%



11. Visa

11. Visa play

11. Visa

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: V

Subsector: Data Processing & Outsourced Services

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 36

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 64

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 4%

Year-to-date total return: 43%



10. Citigroup

10. Citigroup play

10. Citigroup

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: C

Subsector: Diversified Banks

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 40

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 60

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 2%

Year-to-date total return: 22%



9. NXP Semiconductors

9. NXP Semiconductors play

9. NXP Semiconductors

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: NXPI

Subsector: Semiconductors

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 41

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 49

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 40%

Year-to-date total return: 18%



8. Bank of America

8. Bank of America play

8. Bank of America

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: BAC

Subsector: Diversified Banks

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 41

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 67

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 2%

Year-to-date total return: 22%



7. Apple

7. Apple play

7. Apple

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: AAPL

Subsector: Technology Hardware Storage & Peripherals

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 42

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 68

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 1%

Year-to-date total return: 50%



6. Time Warner

6. Time Warner play

6. Time Warner

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: TWX

Subsector: Movies & Entertainment

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 47

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 62

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 15%

Year-to-date total return: -7%



5. Microsoft

5. Microsoft play

5. Microsoft

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: MSFT

Subsector: Systems Software

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 52

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 81

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 2%

Year-to-date total return: 37%



4. Alphabet

4. Alphabet play

4. Alphabet

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: GOOGL

Subsector: Internet Software & Services

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 52

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 84

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 4%

Year-to-date total return: 32%



3. Alibaba

3. Alibaba play

3. Alibaba

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: BABA

Subsector: Internet Software & Services

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 59

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 78

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 3%

Year-to-date total return: 111%



2. Amazon

2. Amazon play

2. Amazon

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: AMZN

Subsector: Internet & Direct Marketing Retail

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 75

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 103

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 2%

Year-to-date total return: 52%



1. Facebook

1. Facebook play

1. Facebook

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: FB

Subsector: Internet Software & Services

No. of funds with stock as a top-10 holding: 81

No. of funds with 10 to 200 positions owning stock: 115

% of equity cap owned by hedge funds: 4%

Year-to-date total return: 56%