13 Stocks Institutional Investors Won't Stop Buying in 2018

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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: ($3,398,632,466.10)
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: -18,959,235
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 2,826

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

Apple logoApple Inc. (Apple) designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players, and a variety of related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. The Company's products and services include iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications, the iOS and OS X operating systems, iCloud, and a variety of accessory, service and support offerings. The Company also delivers digital content and applications through the iTunes Store, App StoreSM, iBookstoreSM, and Mac App Store. The Company distributes its products worldwide through its retail stores, online stores, and direct sales force, as well as through third-party cellular network carriers, wholesalers, retailers, and value-added resellers. In February 2012, the Company acquired app-search engine Chomp.

#2 - Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $6,095,030,649.90
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 67,647,399
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 2,691

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

Microsoft logoMicrosoft Corporation is a technology company. The Company develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products, services and devices. The Company's segments include Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing. The Company's products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and training and certification of computer system integrators and developers. It also designs, manufactures, and sells devices, including personal computers (PCs), tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, phones, other intelligent devices, and related accessories, that integrate with its cloud-based offerings. It offers an array of services, including cloud-based solutions that provide customers with software, services, platforms, and content, and it provides solution support and consulting services.

#3 - Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $1,009,839,775.84
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 780,812
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 2,002

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

Amazon.com logoAmazon.com, Inc. offers a range of products and services through its Websites. The Company operates through three segments: North America, International and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Company's products include merchandise and content that it purchases for resale from vendors and those offered by third-party sellers. It also manufactures and sells electronic devices. The Company, through its subsidiary, Whole Foods Market, Inc., offers healthy and organic food and staples across its stores. The Company also offers a range of products like whole trade bananas, organic avocados, organic large brown eggs, organic responsibly-farmed salmon and tilapia, organic baby kale and baby lettuce, animal-welfare-rated 85% lean ground beef, creamy and crunchy almond butter, organic gala and fuji apples, organic rotisserie chicken.

#4 - Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $7,438,958,896.00
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 41,373,520
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 2,002

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

Facebook logoFacebook, Inc. is focused on building products that enable people to connect and share through mobile devices, personal computers and other surfaces. The Company's products include Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus. Facebook enables people to connect, share, discover and communicate with each other on mobile devices and personal computers. Instagram enables people to take photos or videos, customize them with filter effects, and share them with friends and followers in a photo feed or send them directly to friends. Messenger allows communicating with people and businesses alike across a range of platforms and devices. WhatsApp Messenger is a messaging application that is used by people around the world and is available on a range of mobile platforms. Its Oculus virtual reality technology and content platform offers products that allow people to enter an interactive environment to play games, consume content and connect with others.

#5 - Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $1,590,839,622.52
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 10,827,931
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 2,518

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

Johnson & Johnson logoJohnson & Johnson is a holding company, which is engaged in the research and development, manufacture and sale of a range of products in the healthcare field. It operates through three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices. Its primary focus is products related to human health and well-being. The Consumer segment includes a range of products used in the baby care, oral care, skin care, over-the-counter pharmaceutical, women's health and wound care markets. The Pharmaceutical segment is focused on five therapeutic areas, including immunology, infectious diseases, neuroscience, oncology, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. The Medical Devices segment includes a range of products used in the orthopedic, surgery, cardiovascular, diabetes care and vision care fields. Its research facilities are located in the United States, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

#6 - Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $8,734,917,155.08
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 7,731,452
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 1,936

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

Alphabet logoAlphabet Inc. is a holding company. The Company's businesses include Google Inc. (Google) and its Internet products, such as Access, Calico, CapitalG, GV, Nest, Verily, Waymo and X. The Company's segments include Google and Other Bets. The Google segment includes its Internet products, such as Search, Ads, Commerce, Maps, YouTube, Google Cloud, Android, Chrome and Google Play, as well as its hardware initiatives. The Google segment is engaged in advertising, sales of digital content, applications and cloud offerings, and sales of hardware products. The Other Bets segment is engaged in the sales of Internet and television services through Google Fiber, sales of Nest products and services, and licensing and research and development (R&D) services through Verily. It offers Google Assistant, which allows users to type or talk with Google; Google Maps, which helps users navigate to a store, and Google Photos, which helps users store and organize all of their photos.

#7 - Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $3,036,543,231.48
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 2,673,084
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 2,053

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

Alphabet logoAlphabet Inc. is a holding company. The Company's businesses include Google Inc. (Google) and its Internet products, such as Access, Calico, CapitalG, GV, Nest, Verily, Waymo and X. The Company's segments include Google and Other Bets. The Google segment includes its Internet products, such as Search, Ads, Commerce, Maps, YouTube, Google Cloud, Android, Chrome and Google Play, as well as its hardware initiatives. The Google segment is engaged in advertising, sales of digital content, applications and cloud offerings, and sales of hardware products. The Other Bets segment is engaged in the sales of Internet and television services through Google Fiber, sales of Nest products and services, and licensing and research and development (R&D) services through Verily. It offers Google Assistant, which allows users to type or talk with Google; Google Maps, which helps users navigate to a store, and Google Photos, which helps users store and organize all of their photos.

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

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $212,866,846.78
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 1,879,453
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 2,234

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

JPMorgan Chase & Co. logoJPMorgan Chase & Co. is a financial holding company. The Company is engaged in investment banking, financial services. It operates in four segments, as well as a Corporate segment. Its segments are Consumer & Community Banking, Corporate & Investment Bank, Commercial Banking and Asset Management. The Consumer & Community Banking segment offers services to consumers and businesses through bank branches, automatic teller machines (ATMs), online, mobile and telephone banking. The Corporate & Investment Bank segment, comprising Banking and Markets & Investor Services, offers investment banking, market-making, prime brokerage, and treasury and securities products and services to corporations, investors, financial institutions, and government and municipal entities. The Commercial Banking segment provides financial solutions, including lending, treasury services, investment banking and asset management. The Asset Management segment comprises investment and wealth management.

#9 - Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $2,255,119,759.76
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 25,793,432
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 2,364

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM)

Exxon Mobil logoExxon Mobil Corporation is engaged in energy business. The Company is engaged in the exploration, production, transportation and sale of crude oil and natural gas, and the manufacture, transportation and sale of petroleum products. The Company also manufactures and markets commodity petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene and polypropylene plastics, and a range of specialty products. The Company's segments include Upstream, Downstream, Chemical, and Corporate and Financing. The Upstream segment operates to explore for and produce crude oil and natural gas. The Downstream operates to manufacture and sell petroleum products. The Chemical segment operates to manufacture and sell petrochemicals. The Company has exploration and development activities in projects located in the United States, Canada/South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia/Oceania.

#10 - Visa (NYSE:V)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $262,488,247.84
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 2,132,144
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 1,836

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

Visa logoVisa Inc. (Visa) is a payments technology company that connects consumers, merchants, financial institutions, businesses, strategic partners and government entities to electronic payments. The Company operates through payment services segment. The Company enables global commerce through the transfer of value and information among the participants. The Company's transaction processing network facilitates authorization, clearing and settlement of payment transactions and enables to provide its financial institution and merchant clients a range of products, platforms and value-added services. The Company is a retail electronic payment network based on payments volume, number of transactions and number of cards in circulation. Its products/services include core products, processing infrastructure, transaction processing services, digital products, merchant products, and risk products and payment security initiatives.

#11 - AT&T (NYSE:T)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $1,113,491,228.90
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 29,972,846
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 2,009

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for AT&T (NYSE:T)

AT&T logoAT&T Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of communications and digital entertainment services in the United States and the world. The Company operates through four segments: Business Solutions, Entertainment Group, Consumer Mobility and International. The Company offers its services and products to consumers in the United States, Mexico and Latin America and to businesses and other providers of telecommunications services worldwide. It also owns and operates three regional TV sports networks, and retains non-controlling interests in another regional sports network and a network dedicated to game-related programming, as well as Internet interactive game playing. Its services and products include wireless communications, data/broadband and Internet services, digital video services, local and long-distance telephone services, telecommunications equipment, managed networking, and wholesale services. Its subsidiaries include AT&T Mobility and SKY Brasil Servicos Ltda.

#12 - UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $3,528,731,111.52
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 14,511,972
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 1,491

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

UnitedHealth Group logoUnitedHealth Group Incorporated is a health and well-being company. The Company operates through four segments: UnitedHealthcare, OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx. It conducts its operations through two business platforms: health benefits operating under UnitedHealthcare and health services operating under Optum. UnitedHealthcare provides healthcare benefits to an array of customers and markets, and includes UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, UnitedHealthcare Community & State, and UnitedHealthcare Global businesses. Optum is a health services business serving the healthcare marketplace, including payers, care providers, employers, governments, life sciences companies and consumers, through its OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx businesses. OptumInsight provides services, technology and healthcare solutions to participants in the healthcare industry. OptumRx provides retail network contracting, purchasing and clinical solutions.

#13 - Pfizer (NYSE:PFE)

Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Dollars: $320,075,838.63
Net Inflows of from Institutional Investors in Shares: 8,653,037
Number of Institutional Transactions in the Last 90 Days: 2,062

Inflows and Outflows by Quarter for Pfizer (NYSE:PFE)

Pfizer logoPfizer Inc. (Pfizer) is a research-based global biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the discovery, development and manufacture of healthcare products. Its global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines, as well as consumer healthcare products. The Company manages its commercial operations through two business segments: Pfizer Innovative Health (IH) and Pfizer Essential Health (EH). IH focuses on developing and commercializing medicines and vaccines, as well as products for consumer healthcare. IH therapeutic areas include internal medicine, vaccines, oncology, inflammation and immunology, rare diseases and consumer healthcare. EH includes legacy brands, branded generics, generic sterile injectable products, biosimilars and infusion systems. EH also includes a research and development (R&D) organization, as well as its contract manufacturing business. Its brands include Prevnar 13, Xeljanz, Eliquis, Lipitor, Celebrex, Pristiq and Viagra.







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