NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Global Market Intelligence, a leading provider of multi-asset
The latest Hedge Fund Tracker analysis shows the top funds managed approximately $145 billion in equity holdings, down from the $150 billion under management in Q2, and down more than $50 billion from the highs reached in 2015. These funds increased the total number of positions to 424 in Q3 from 399 in Q2, which was a record low for stock positions held since S&P Global Market Intelligence began tracking this data in 2014. Stocks in the healthcare and information technology sectors were the most sold off last quarter.
"The significant sell-off in healthcare stocks this quarter may suggest that hedge funds were expecting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – who campaigned heavily on limiting drug prices and reinforcing healthcare reforms – to win the U.S. presidential election," said Pavle Sabic, Head of Market Development, S&P Global Market Intelligence. "More broadly, the trend in healthcare is illustrative of a much more concerted move by hedge funds out of equity holdings throughout 2016; it will be instructive to see how that approach evolves in the coming months."
Following is a summary of findings in the Q3 2016 Hedge Fund Tracker:
S&P Global Market Intelligence analyzes the latest quarterly 13F filings* to determine the top ten largest hedge funds based on reported equity assets. Further analysis isolates the universe to pure-play hedge funds that focus on stock picks and hones that universe further to isolate the hedge funds that overweight their biggest investments by capping the number of stocks held at 100. S&P Global Market Intelligence performs this research quarterly in order to understand what the most prominent hedge funds are buying, holding and selling. The firm develops the analysis through an examination of both industry filings as well as Excel-based holding models, allowing clients to quickly spot global trends in asset category and understand what some of the largest investors buying, selling and holding. S&P Global Market Intelligence also provides rankings on approximately 1,100 equity and fixed income ETFs based on performance, risk and cost factors, including holdings-level analysis and expenses.
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Form 13F Reports are required to be filed within 45 days of the end of a calendar quarter by institutional investment managers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). An institutional investment manager is an entity that invests in, buys or sells securities for its own account, or a natural person or entity that exercises investment discretion over the account of any other natural person or entity. Only securities on the 13F list provided quarterly by the SEC (13F Securities) are required to be included in Form 13F Reports. Therefore, Form 13F Reports may not reflect the most current holdings of institutional investment managers because it is required that the 13F Report include only 13F Securities, is filed on a lag, and some funds may not meet the filing thresholds or other requirements. In addition, because the 13F Reports are as of the last date of the quarter, the 13F Report may not describe intra-quarter activity.
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