Big Money Loves These 10 Stocks

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After an amazing run this year, the most hated stock rally in history finally appears to be taking a breather. While many investors have been wary of the market in recent months, institutional investors continue to increase their holdings.

The 10 largest money management countries — measured by the equity assets of the country’s 50 largest institutional investors — raised equity holdings by 0.8 percent in the second quarter compared to the first three months of the year, according to a report by FactSet. The United States and Japan experienced the heaviest amount of buying, while the Dutch and Swiss aggregates were the only countries to post a decline.

Companies in the U.S. dominate institutional holdings. In fact, seven of the top 10 are located in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Here’s a look at the top 10 most popular holdings according to institutional market value.

10. General Electric (NYSE:GE)

Institutional market value: $134.9 billion

Institutional holders: 2,222

Year to date: 12.5 percent

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9. Pfizer (NYSE:PFE)

Institutional market value: $144.6 billion

Institutional holders: 2,214

YTD: 12.6 percent

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8. JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM)

Institutional market value: $151.9 billion

Institutional holders: 2,133

YTD: 17.4 percent

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7. Chevron (NYSE:CVX)

Institutional market value: $152.3 billion

Institutional holders: 2,182

YTD: 8.8 percent

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6. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

Institutional market value: $167.4 billion

Institutional holders: 2,415

YTD: 26.7 percent

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5. Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC)

Institutional market value: $172.1 billion

Institutional holders: 1,952

YTD: 23.9 percent

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4. Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM)

Institutional market value: $203.3 billion

Institutional holders: 2,302

YTD: -0.2 percent

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3. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Institutional market value: $206.3 billion

Institutional holders: 2,551

YTD: 18.4 percent

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2. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Institutional market value: $212.9 billion

Institutional holders: 2,236

YTD: 22.9 percent

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1. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Institutional market value: $226.1 billion

Institutional holders: 2,612

YTD: -5.6 percent

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