Dimensional Fund’s $5 Billion Healthcare Investments in Q3: PFE, WLP, UNH, MRK, TMO, JNJ, LPNT, AET, HUM

Wall St. Watchdog reveals information regarding Dimensional Fund Management’s top holdings in the Healthcare sector for the quarter ending September 30th, 2011. The firm held 407 stocks in the Healthcare sector at the end of the quarter with an aggregate market value of $5.553 billion.

  • Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE): On 06/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 36,769,128 shares with a market value of $757,444,051. This comprised 0.89% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 39,431,209 shares with a market value of $697,143,787. This comprised 1.05% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 2,662,081. About Company: Pfizer Inc. is a research-based, global pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets medicines for humans and animals. The Company’s products include prescription pharmaceuticals, non-prescription self-medications, and animal health products such as anti-infective medicines and vaccines.
  • Wellpoint Inc. (NYSE:WLP): On 06/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 4,294,772 shares with a market value of $338,299,176. This comprised 0.4% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 4,244,549 shares with a market value of $277,084,154. This comprised 0.42% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -50,223. About Company: WellPoint Inc. is a health benefits company. The Company provides health benefits, dental and vision benefits, pharmacy benefits, life insurance, and life and disability insurance benefits. WellPoint operations include Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans.
  • Unitedhealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH): On 06/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 4,779,224 shares with a market value of $246,512,383. This comprised 0.29% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 4,709,225 shares with a market value of $217,189,452. This comprised 0.33% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -69,999. About Company: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated owns and manages organized health systems in the United States and internationally. The Company provides employers products and resources to plan and administer employee benefit programs. UnitedHealth also serves the health needs of older Americans, provides specialized care services, and provides health care information and research to providers and payers.
  • Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK): On 06/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 5,200,024 shares with a market value of $183,508,852. This comprised 0.22% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 5,686,947 shares with a market value of $185,963,171. This comprised 0.28% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 486,923. About Company: Merck & Co., Inc. is a global pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets a broad range of human and animal health products. Merck’s products include a treatment for elevated cholesterol, a treatment for male pattern hair loss, a preventive treatment for osteoporosis, a treatment for hypertension, and a treatment for allergic rhinitis.
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO): On 06/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 3,638,129 shares with a market value of $234,259,124. This comprised 0.28% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 3,595,238 shares with a market value of $182,062,850. This comprised 0.27% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -42,891. About Company: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. manufactures scientific instruments, consumables, and chemicals. The Company offers analytical instruments, laboratory equipment, software, services, consumables, reagents, chemicals, and supplies to pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions, and government agencies.
  • Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ): On 06/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 2,383,509 shares with a market value of $158,551,011. This comprised 0.19% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 2,461,062 shares with a market value of $156,745,035. This comprised 0.24% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 77,553. About Company: Johnson & Johnson manufactures health care products and provides related services for the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical devices and diagnostics markets. The Company sells products such as skin and hair care products, acetaminophen products, pharmaceuticals, diagnostic equipment, and surgical equipment in countries located around the world.
  • Lifepoint Hospitals Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT): On 06/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 3,478,946 shares with a market value of $135,957,216. This comprised 0.16% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 3,646,652 shares with a market value of $133,613,327. This comprised 0.2% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is 167,706. About Company: LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. provides health care services through its hospitals. The Company’s facilities are primarily located in non-urban areas where its hospital is the only one in the community. LifePoint’s hospitals are currently located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Utah, and Wyoming.
  • Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET): On 06/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 3,442,603 shares with a market value of $151,784,367. This comprised 0.18% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 3,432,671 shares with a market value of $124,743,265. This comprised 0.19% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -9,932. About Company: Aetna Inc. is a diversified health care benefits company that provides healthcare and related benefits, serving health care members, dental members, and group insurance customers. The Company offers medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans.
  • The Cooper Companies Inc. (NYSE:COO): On 06/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 1,502,998 shares with a market value of $119,097,558. This comprised 0.14% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 1,468,521 shares with a market value of $116,233,439. This comprised 0.17% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -34,477. About Company: The Cooper Companies, Inc. through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets specialty healthcare products. The Company’s products include contact lenses for the vision care market and diagnostic products, surgical instruments, and accessories for gynecologists and obstetricians.
  • Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM): On 06/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 1,460,672 shares with a market value of $117,642,524. This comprised 0.14% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011, Dimensional Fund Management reported holding 1,458,781 shares with a market value of $106,097,147. This comprised 0.16% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -1,891. About Company: Humana Inc. is a managed health care company with medical members located in the United States and Puerto Rico. The Company offers coordinated health care through health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations, point-of-service plans, and administrative services products. Humana offers its products to employer groups, government-sponsored plans, and individuals.

(Note: Data regarding Dimensional Fund Management’s stock holdings are sourced from whalewisdom.com. All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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