Best Blue Chip Stocks: 21 Hedge Fund Top Picks

Blue chip stocks dominate the list of hedge funds' most popular equity investments.

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Blue chip stocks, thanks to their massive market capitalizations and deep liquidity, are a natural home for hedge funds and other large pools of institutional capital. And since hedge funds are the putative smart money, who wouldn't want to know which blue chip stocks they're chasing with their capital?

True, hedge funds collectively have a rather poor long-term track record vs the broader market. It should also go without saying that not all blue chip stocks are created equal. 

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Hedge funds' best blue chip stocks
Company (ticker)Number of hedge funds holdingNet change in hedge fund share ownership
Microsoft (MSFT)859-9,904,525 (AMZN)79225,922,202
Alphabet (GOOGL)714-26,228,871
Apple (AAPL)66516,494,284
Meta Platforms (META)664-6,565,755
Nvidia (NVDA)622436,067
Visa (V)584-11,346,255
Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B)5382,103,322
JPMorgan Chase (JPM)532-66,710
Exxon Mobil (XOM)50524,741,046
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)5027,886,681
Mastercard (MA)498-3,665,466
UnitedHealth Group (UNH)491-1,945,177
Merck (MRK)4835,872,917
Eli Lilly (LLY)460-554,438
Chevron (CVX)4533,744,455
Procter & Gamble (PG)448829,378
AbbVie (ABBV)4444,300,492
Home Depot (HD)442-2,186,435
Bank of America (BAC)43822,399,513
Salesforce (CRM)434-1,042,621

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