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Goldman Sachs is out with its Q1 2012 Hedge Fund Trend Monitor report.  In it, they reveal the latest VIP list of 50 stocks that are most important to hedge funds.  These are the positions that appear most frequently in the top 10 holdings of fundamental focused hedge funds.

This quarter, they've also released a new list of very important short positions to hedge funds which we've posted up as well.

Goldman's VIP list of the most important holdings is accessible on Bloomberg via < GSTHHVIP >.  It has "outperformed the S&P 500 by 55 bp on a quarterly basis since 2001."

Goldman Sachs VIP List (Q1 2012)

Stock: Number of funds with stock as top 10 holding

1. Apple (AAPL): 1062. Google (GOOG): 733. Express Scripts (ESRX): 564. Microsoft (MSFT): 465. Qualcomm (QCOM): 386. Citigroup (C): 317. General Motors (GM): 298. (PCLN): 299. JPMorgan Chase (JPM): 2710. Liberty Media (LMCA): 2611. Delphi Automotive (DLPH): 2412. BP (BP): 2313. Pfizer (PFE): 2314. Tyco (TYC): 2215. Visa (V): 2116. Yahoo (YHOO): 2117. LyondellBasell (LYB): 2018. Anadarko Petroleum (APC): 1919. Bank of America (BAC): 1720. Ford Motor (F): 1721. WellPoint (WLP): 1722. American International Group (AIG): 1623. Charter Communications (CHTR): 1624. eBay (EBAY): 1625. Rock-Tenn (RKT): 16

It's no surprise that Apple (AAPL) is the most widely owned top position amongst fundamental hedge funds.  But despite that, Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn argued hedge funds actually have less than 2% of assets in his Ira Sohn conference presentation.  We've also posted Dan Loeb's thesis on AAPL as he was a big buyer of shares.

Both Tyco and Priceline were featured in the equity analysis section of our Q4 2011 Hedge Fund Wisdom newsletter due to heavy ownership by top funds.  TYC is an event-driven play while PCLN is a huge growth and international play.

Here's the rest of Goldman's VIP list:

26. Seagate Technology (STX): 1627. Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B): 1528. Cisco Systems (CSCO): 1529. Equinix (EQIX): 1530. Hertz Global (HTZ): 1531. Liberty Interactive (LINTA): 1532. Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD): 1533. Visteon (VC): 1534. Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX): 1535. Wells Fargo (WFC): 1536. Baidu (BIDU): 1437. Dollar Thrifty (DTG): 1438. Hess (HES): 1439. Mastercard (MA): 1440. News Corp (NWSA): 1441. Williams Companies (WMB): 1442. Barrick Gold (ABX): 1343. CIT Group (CIT): 1344. Capital One (COF): 1345. Calpine (CPN): 1346. Devon Energy (DVN): 1347. EMC (EMC): 1348. Hewlett Packard (HPQ): 1349. Illumina (ILMN): 1350. (CRM): 12

Of the above, we've previously highlighted why Passport Capital likes LINTA.  And in the brand new issue of our Hedge Fund Wisdom newsletter, we've analyzed Equinix (EQIX), a big new position by Philippe Laffont's Coatue Management and John Thaler's JAT Capital.

Some of the stocks on the list are brand new additions as enough hedge funds boosted their positions in Q1: ABX, AIG, BRK.B, COF, CPN, CRM, DVN, EBAY, EMC, EQIX, F, HES, HTZ, ILMN, RKT, WLP.

Be sure to also check out Goldman's brand new list of hedge fund very important short positions.


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