Are Vodafone’s Biggest Institutional Shareholders Dialing Up More Shares Now?

In 2012, Vodafone Group’s (NASDAQ:VOD) shares are down 0.26 percent. This week, the company received support by Cable & Wireless Worldwide shareholders for its BP £1bn takeover offer of the company. Orbis, the largest shareholder for Cable&Wireless, had previously opposed backing the takeover but finally gave its support for the 38 pence per share offer.

With the Cable&Wireless shareholder approval, will Vodafone’s largest shareholders increase their holdings? 833 institutional firms indicated owning shares of Vodafone Group plc (NASDAQ:VOD) in Q1 2012. These firms reported owning a total of 956.002 million shares on 03/31/2012. The shares closed at $26.62 on 03/31/2012.

Here are the ten largest positions in Vodafone Group plc at the end of March 31st, 2012.

Kames Capital Management Ltd held 229,765,270 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $6,357,605,038. This brought the portfolio total to 57.45%.

Kames Capital Plc held 72,649,481 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $2,010,211,145. This brought the portfolio total to 75.64%.

Toronto Dominion Bank held 58,910,433 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $1,630,051,686. This brought the portfolio total to 6.29%.

Fmr LLC held 40,784,054 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $1,128,494,777. This brought the portfolio total to 0.2%.

Dodge & Cox held 35,375,032 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $978,827,138. This brought the portfolio total to 1.25%.

Invesco Ltd. held 31,244,942 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $864,547,548. This brought the portfolio total to 0.44%.

Institutional Capital LLC held 28,199,815 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $780,288,883. This brought the portfolio total to 4.37%.

Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC held 22,614,090 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $625,731,872. This brought the portfolio total to 1.23%.

Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management LLC held 15,408,233 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $426,345,808. This brought the portfolio total to 2.54%.

Bank of America Corp /DE/ held 13,279,736 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $367,450,296. This brought the portfolio total to 0.2%.

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