A Look at the Stocks BlackRock Loves

Following is information on BlackRock Financial Management’s top 15 holdings, for the quarter-over-quarter period ended March 31, 2011.

  1. Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE): On December 31st, 2010, BlackRock Financial Management held 25,408,391 shares of this company, and on March 31st, 2011, the fund held 29,502,155 shares. This represents an increase of 4,093,764 shares, or 16.11%. About the 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. Competitors to Watch: Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE:GSK), Bristol Myers Squibb Co. (NYSE:BMY), Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS), Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL), Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN), and Sanofi-Aventis SA (NYSE:SNY).
  2. The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS): On December 31st, 2010, BlackRock Financial Management held 1,373,203 shares of this company, and on March 31st, 2011, the fund held 1,771,166 shares. This represents an increase of 397,963 shares, or 28.98%.  About the company:  The Goldman Sachs Group Inc., a bank holding company, is a global investment banking and securities firm specializing in investment banking, trading and principal investments, asset management and securities services.  The Company provides services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net worth individuals. Competitors to Watch: Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS), State Street Corp. (NYSE:STT), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS), JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), Financials (NYSE:XLF) and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC).
  3. American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG): On December 31st, 2010, BlackRock Financial Management held 394,074 shares of this company, and on March 31st, 2011, the fund held 2,173,574 shares. This represents an increase of 1,779,500 shares, or 451.56%.  About the company: American International Group, Inc. is a holding company which, through its subsidiaries, provides a varied range of insurance and insurance-related activities in the United States and abroad.  The Company’s main activities include both general insurance and life insurance & retirement services operations as well as financial services and asset management.
  4. Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE:TXN): On December 31st, 2010, BlackRock Financial Management held 4,538,163 shares of this company, and on March 31st, 2011, the fund held 6,265,069 shares. This represents an increase of 1,726,906 shares, or 38.05%.  About the company:  Texas Instruments, Inc. is a global semiconductor company that designs and supplies analog technologies, digital signal processing and microcontroller semiconductors.  The Company operates materials and controls, and educational and productivity solutions businesses.  Texas Instruments has manufacturing or sales operations in countries around the world. Competitors to Watch: Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM), Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE:ADI), QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM), Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRVL), Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ:ISIL), Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM), STMicroelectronics NV (NYSE:STM).
  5. Phillip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM): On December 31st, 2010, BlackRock Financial Management held 6,103,441 shares of this company, and on March 31st, 2011, the fund held 7,002,590 shares. This represents an increase of 899,149 shares, or 14.73%.  About the company:  Phillip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, affiliates and their licensees, produces, sells, distributes, and markets a wide range of branded cigarettes and tobacco products in markets outside of the United States of America.  The Company’s portfolio comprises both international and local brands. Competitors to Watch: Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE:LO), Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO), Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE:RAI), British American Tobacco (AMEX:BTI), and Vector Group Ltd. (NYSE:VGR).
  6. Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA): On December 31st, 2010, BlackRock Financial Management held 6,738,039 shares of this company, and on March 31st, 2011, the fund held 9,521,826 shares. This represents an increase of 2,783,787 shares, or 41.31%.  About the company:  Alcoa Inc. produces primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina, and participates in mining, refining, smelting, fabricating, and recycling.  The Company serves customers worldwide primarily in the transportation, packaging, building, and industrial markets with both fabricated and finished products. Top Competitors to Watch: Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ:CENX), Alumina Limited (NYSE:AWC), Kaiser Aluminum Corp. (NASDAQ:KALU), Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NYSE:NOR), and Aluminum Corp. of China (NYSE:ACH).
  7. Walter Energy Inc (NYSE:WLT): On December 31st, 2010, BlackRock Financial Management held 158,579 shares of this company, and on March 31st, 2011, the fund held 478,696 shares. This represents an increase of 320,117 shares, or 201.87%.  About the company:  Walter Energy, Inc. mines col.  The Company produces metallurgical and steam and industrial coal, manufactures blast furnace, foundry, industrial and buckwheat coke; and produces light oil, coal tar, and ammonium sulfate.  Walter Energy also degasifies coalbeds and sells the gas to a utility. Competitors to Watch: Arch Coal Inc. (NYSE:ACI), BHP Billiton Ltd. (NYSE:BHP), Patriot Coal (NYSE:PCX), Massey (NYSE:MEE), James River Coal (NASDAQ:JRCC), International Coal (NYSE:ICO), Alliance Holdings (NASDAQ:AHGP), Walter Energy (NYSE:WLT), Oxford Resource (NYSE:OXF) and CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX).
  8. Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN): On December 31st, 2010, BlackRock Financial Management held 778,874 shares of this company, and on March 31st, 2011, the fund held 1,494,953 shares. This represents an increase of 716,079 shares, or 91.94%.  About the company: Eaton Corporation manufactures engineered products which serve industrial, vehicle, construction, commercial, and aerospace markets.  The Company’s principal products include hydraulic products and fluid connectors, electrical power distribution and control equipment, truck drivetrain systems, engine components, and a wide variety of controls. Competitors to Watch: ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT), Magnetek (NYSE:MAG), Tech/Ops (NASDAQ:TO), General Electric (NYSE:GE), Sauer-Danfoss (NYSE:SHS), Dover (NYSE:DOV), Thomas & Betts (NYSE:TNB), Roper Industries (NYSE:ROP), Crane (NYSE:CR), Woodward (WWD), Johnson Controls Inc. (NYSE:JCI), and Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE:PH).
  9. Medtronic Inc. (NYSE:MDT): On December 31st, 2010, BlackRock Financial Management held 3,484,443 shares of this company, and on March 31st, 2011, the fund held 4,485,998 shares. This represents an increase of 1,001,555 shares, or 28.74%.  About the company:  Medtronic, Inc. develops therapeutic and diagnostic medical products.  The Company’s principal products include those for bradycardia pacing, tachyarrhythmia management, atrial fibrillation management, heart failure management, heart valve replacement, malignant and non-malignant pain, and movement disorders.  Medtronic’s products are sold worldwide. Competitors to Watch: Boston Scientific Corp. (NYSE:BSX), St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE:EW), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ:ZOLL), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK), Integra LifeSciences Hldgs. Corp. (NASDAQ:IART), Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG), CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ:CNMD), and Greatbatch Inc. (NYSE:GB).
  10. FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE): On December 31st, 2010, BlackRock Financial Management held 1,310,743 shares of this company, and on March 31st, 2011, the fund held 2,336,275 shares. This represents an increase of 1,025,532 shares, or 78.24%.  About the company:  FirstEnergy Corp. is a public utility holding company.  The Company’s subsidiaries and affiliates are involved in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, exploration and production of oil (NYSE:USO) and natural gas (NYSE:UNG), transmission and marketing of natural gas, and energy management and other energy-related services.
  11. Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT): On December 31st, 2010, BlackRock Financial Management held 29,742,874 shares of this company, and on March 31st, 2011, the fund held 31,215,244 shares. This represents an increase of 1,472,370 shares, or 4.95%.  About the company:  Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses, sells, and supports software products.  The Company offers operating system software, server application software, business and consumer applications software, software development tools, and Internet and intranet software.  Microsoft also develops video game consoles and digital music entertainment devices. Competitors to Watch: Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), and Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE).
  12. Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C): On December 31st, 2010, BlackRock Financial Management held 110,788,721 shares of this company, and on March 31st, 2011, the fund held 118,750,542 shares. This represents an increase of 7,961,821 shares, or 7.19%.  About the company: Citigroup Inc. is a diversified financial services holding company that provides a broad range of financial services to consumer and corporate customers around the world.  The Company’s services include investment banking, retail brokerage, corporate banking, and cash management products and services. Competitors to Watch: Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB), JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), HSBC (NYSE:HBC), Metlife (NYSE:MET), PNC (NYSE:PNC), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), Financials (NYSE:XLF) and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC).
  13. Tesoro Corporation (NYSE:TSO): On December 31st, 2010, BlackRock Financial Management held 468,906 shares of this company, and on March 31st, 2011, the fund held 1,778,681 shares. This represents an increase of 1,309,775 shares, or 279.33%.  About the company:  Tesoro Corporation refines and markets petroleum products, and provides transporting services.  The Company operates refineries, as well as a network of retail and refueling stations in the western United States.  Tesoro also markets gasoline and diesel fuel to independent marketers and commercial end users. Competitors to Watch: Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO), Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ), Western Refining, Inc. (NYSE:WNR), Sunoco, Inc. (NYSE:SUN), Frontier Oil Corporation (NYSE:FTO), Holly Corporation (NYSE:HOC), Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DK), Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P (NASDAQ:CLMT), CVR Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CVI), and Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX)
  14. Ameriprise Financial Inc. (NYSE:AMP): On December 31st, 2010, BlackRock Financial Management held 935,991 shares of this company, and on March 31st, 2011, the fund held 1,500,750 shares. This represents an increase of 564,759 shares, or 60.34%.  About the company:  Ameriprise Financial, Inc. is  a financial planning and services firm.  The Company provides financial planning, products and services that are designed to be utilized as solutions for its clients’ cash and liquidity, asset accumulation, income, protection, and estate and wealth transfer needs. Competitors to Watch: Financial Engines Inc (NASDAQ:FNGN), Oppenheimer Hldgs. Inc. (NYSE:USA) (NYSE:OPY), Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE:RJF), Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:PFG), LPL Investment Hldgs. Inc. (NASDAQ:LPLA), Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF), Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU), MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET), TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:AMTD), and The Allstate Corporation (NYSE:ALL).
  15. Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL): On December 31st, 2010, BlackRock Financial Management held 7,146,991 shares of this company, and on March 31st, 2011, the fund held 9,373,555 shares. This represents an increase of 2,226,564 shares, or 31.15%.  About the company: Dell Inc. offers a wide range of computers and related products.  The Company sells personal computers, servers and networking products, storage systems, mobility products, software and peripherals, and services.  Dell serves consumers and businesses in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific region. Competitors to Watch: Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Silicon Graphics Intl. Corp (NASDAQ:SGI), Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMCI), Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Cray Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAY), EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC).

BlackRock’s Competitors to Watch: Legg Mason Inc. (NYSE:LM), State Street Corp. (NYSE:STT), and UBS AG (NYSE:UBS), American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Barclays (NYSE:BCS), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK), Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS).

(Note: Data on BlackRock’s quarter-over-quarter holdings are sourced from here and are assumed to be accurate.)

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