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The 25 Best Blue-Chip Stocks to Buy Now (According to Hedge Funds)

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It's a good idea to keep one eye on the "smart money." Sure, hedge funds' performance doesn't always live up to the hype, but considering they represent more than $3 trillion in assets under management and have built a reputation of having stock-market savvy, it's good to know what they're putting their capital toward.

Helpfully, the folks at WalletHub keep tabs on the stocks that hedge fund managers are buying, selling and holding every quarter. Combing through regulatory filings, WalletHub looks at the positions of more than 400 hedge funds, tallies their positions in individual stocks, then ranks the stocks by their total holdings value.

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Spoiler alert: Every one of these companies is massive by market value. Indeed, they would have to be to accommodate so much institutional interest. It also is no surprise that these stock picks are all household names.

Here are the 25 best blue-chip stocks to buy now, based on how popular they are with hedge funds. Given these companies' blue-chip status and strong track records, it's easy to see why they're the ones the "smart money" loves the most.

SEE ALSO: 57 Dividend Stocks You Can Count On in 2019

Data is as of March 12, 2019, unless otherwise noted. Companies are listed in reverse order of popularity with hedge funds, according to WalletHub. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent quarterly payout and dividing by the share price. Analysts’ ratings provided by FactSet via WSJ.com.

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