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13 Stocks Institutional Investors Won't Stop Buying in 2020

Posted on Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 by MarketBeat Staff
University endowments, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently been pouring money into a a group of 13 elite stocks.

These institutional investors don't get easily swayed by hot stocks that are popular with retail investors. You probably won't see a Tesla or a SnapChat in this group, because institutional investors know that these "popular kid" stocks almost always aren't great investments. However, you will find some incredibly solid companies on this list backed by real earnings and real fundamentals.

In order to identify these stocks, we had to comb through every 13D and 13F filing that institutional investors have filed with the SEC in the last quarter. After reviewing more than 5,000 filings, we have identified 13 companies that institutional investors have been buying left. Big money investors are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into these stocks.

#1 - Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $1,040,048,638.08
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 9,047,048
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 4,414

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Apple logoApple Inc designs, manufactures, and markets smartphones, personal computers, tablets, wearables, and accessories worldwide. It also sells various related services. The company offers iPhone, a line of smartphones; Mac, a line of personal computers; iPad, a line of multi-purpose tablets; and wearables, home, and accessories comprising AirPods, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, HomePod, iPod touch, and other Apple-branded and third-party accessories. Read More 


#2 - Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: ($12,433,105,472.48)
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: -59,363,567
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 4,517

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Microsoft logoMicrosoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. Its company's Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services, such as Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, including Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; LinkedIn online professional network; and Dynamics business solutions comprising financial management, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and medium businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises. Read More 

#3 - Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $21,637,651,204.40
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 6,817,048
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 3,981

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN)

Amazon.com logoAmazon.com, Inc engages in the retail sale of consumer products and subscriptions in North America and internationally. The company operates through three segments: North America, International, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) segments. It sells merchandise and content purchased for resale from third-party sellers through physical stores and online stores. Read More 

#4 - Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $10,106,328,762.36
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 39,351,798
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 3,117

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)

Facebook logoFacebook, Inc provides various products to connect and share through mobile devices, personal computers, and other surfaces worldwide. The company's products include Facebook that enables people to connect, share, discover, and communicate with each other on mobile devices and personal computers; Instagram, a community for sharing photos, videos, and messages; Messenger, a messaging application for people to connect with friends, family, groups, and businesses across platforms and devices; and WhatsApp, a messaging application for use by people and businesses to communicate in a private way. Read More 

#5 - Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: ($2,522,546,364.28)
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: -1,722,439
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 2,897

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Alphabet logoAlphabet Inc provides online advertising services in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Canada, and Latin America. It offers performance and brand advertising services. The company operates through Google and Other Bets segments. The Google segment offers products, such as Ads, Android, Chrome, Google Cloud, Google Maps, Google Play, Hardware, Search, and YouTube, as well as technical infrastructure. Read More 

#6 - Visa (NYSE:V)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: ($4,423,784,548.48)
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: -22,083,589
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 3,167

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for Visa (NYSE:V)

Visa logoVisa Inc operates as a payments technology company worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among consumers, merchants, financial institutions, businesses, strategic partners, and government entities. It operates VisaNet, a processing network that enables authorization, clearing, and settlement of payment transactions; and offers fraud protection for account holders and assured payment for merchants. Read More 

#7 - Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: ($879,614,281.14)
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: -603,029
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 3,273

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL)

Alphabet logoAlphabet Inc, through its subsidiaries, provides online advertising services in the United States and internationally. The company offers performance and brand advertising services. It operates through Google and Other Bets segments. The Google segment includes principal Internet products, such as Ads, Android, Chrome, Commerce, Google Cloud, Google Maps, Google Play, Hardware, Search, and YouTube, as well as technical infrastructure and newer efforts, including Virtual Reality. Read More 

#8 - Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: ($653,113,380.86)
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: -4,439,626
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 3,639

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

Johnson & Johnson logoJohnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, researches and develops, manufactures, and sells various products in the health care field worldwide. It operates in three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices. The Consumer segment offers baby care products under the JOHNSON'S brand; oral care products under the LISTERINE brand; beauty products under the AVEENO, CLEAN & CLEAR, DABAO, JOHNSON'S Adult, LE PETITE MARSEILLAIS, NEUTROGENA, and OGX brands; over-the-counter medicines, including acetaminophen products under the TYLENOL brand; cold, flu, and allergy products under the SUDAFED brand; allergy products under the BENADRYL and ZYRTEC brands; ibuprofen products under the MOTRIN IB brand; and acid reflux products under the PEPCID brand. Read More 

#9 - Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $335,731,387.74
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 1,216,374
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 1,796

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA)

Alibaba Group logoAlibaba Group Holding Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online and mobile commerce company in the People's Republic of China and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Core Commerce, Cloud Computing, Digital Media and Entertainment, and Innovation Initiatives and Others. Read More 

#10 - Mastercard (NYSE:MA)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: ($3,596,242,093.73)
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: -10,627,507
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 2,512

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for Mastercard (NYSE:MA)

Mastercard logoMastercard Incorporated, a technology company, provides transaction processing and other payment-related products and services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. Read More 

#11 - Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: ($1,728,041,289.31)
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: -12,521,131
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 3,104

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG)

Procter & Gamble logoThe Procter & Gamble Company provides branded consumer packaged goods to consumers in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Greater China, Latin America, India, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates in five segments: Beauty; Grooming; health Care; fabric & Home Care; and Baby, Feminine & Family Care. Read More 

#12 - UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: ($1,760,600,987.11)
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: -5,806,157
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 2,503

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH)

UnitedHealth Group logoUnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health care company in the United States. It operates through four segments: UnitedHealthcare, OptumHealth, OptumInsight, and OptumRx. The UnitedHealthcare segment offers consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services for national employers, public sector employers, mid-sized employers, small businesses, and individuals; health and well-being services to individuals age 50 and older, addressing their needs for preventive and acute health care services, as well as services dealing with chronic disease and other specialized issues for older individuals; and Medicaid plans, Children's Health Insurance Program, and health care programs; and health and dental benefits. Read More 

#13 - JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: ($3,967,843,637.28)
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: -41,262,933
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 3,417

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM)

JPMorgan Chase & Co. logoJPMorgan Chase & Co operates as a financial services company worldwide. It operates through four segments: Consumer & Community Banking (CCB), Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB), Commercial Banking (CB), and Asset & Wealth Management (AWM). The CCB segment offers deposit and investment products and services to consumers; lending, deposit, and cash management and payment solutions to small businesses; mortgage origination and servicing activities; residential mortgages and home equity loans; and credit card, payment processing, auto loan, and leasing services. Read More 

 

20 Stocks to Sell Now

Most people know that brokerage rankings are overstated because of pressure from publicly-traded companies. No investor relations person wants to see "hold" and "sell" ratings issued for their stock. In reality, a "buy" rating really means "hold." "Hold" ratings really mean "sell" and "sell" ratings mean get out while you still can.

If Wall Street's top analysts are consistently giving "hold" and "sell" ratings to a stock, you know there's a serious problem. We've compiled a list of the companies that Wall Street's top equities research analysts are consistently giving "hold" and "sell" ratings too. If you own one of these stocks, consider getting out while there's still time.

This slide show lists the 20 companies that have the lowest average analyst recommendations from Wall Street's equities research analysts over the last 12 months.

View the "20 Stocks to Sell Now" Here.






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