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Are you a follower of Big Money investments? If so, the following list may be of interest to you.
To create this list we searched for large cap stocks – a market value between $10 and $200 Billion – that have reached new 52-week highs. Furthermore, each name on our list is experiencing significant net purchasing from institutions during the current quarter.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.



Institutions seem to think these stocks will be profitable investments, do you? Use the data below as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

1. VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW): Technical & System Software Industry. Market cap of $42.48B. Current price at $103.92. Net institutional purchases at 6.7M shares over the current quarter, representing 8.56% of the 78.27M share float. The stock has gained 28.37% over the last year.

2. Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY): REIT with a Market cap of $14.85B. Current price at $18.31. Net institutional purchases at 67.7M shares over the current quarter, representing 8.37% of the 808.74M share float. The stock has gained 8.11% over the last year.

3. Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF): Jewelry Stores Industry. Market cap of $10.36B. Current price at $81.35. Net institutional purchases at 8.1M shares over the current quarter, representing 6.66% of the 121.59M share float. Exhibiting strong upside momentum -- currently trading 8.05% above its SMA20, 13.09% above its SMA50, and 32.4% above its SMA200. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.23% over the last week.

4. Boston Properties Inc. (NYSE:BXP): REIT with a Market cap of $15.98B. Current price at $110.57. Net institutional purchases at 9.0M shares over the current quarter, representing 6.28% of the 143.30M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 7.77% (equivalent to 10.15 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.19% over the last week.

5. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ): Drug Manufacturers Industry. Market cap of $185.36B. Current price at $67.56. Net institutional purchases at 128.7M shares over the current quarter, representing 4.7% of the 2.74B share float. Offers a good dividend, and appears to have good liquidity to back it up -- dividend yield at 3.37%, current ratio at 2.05, and quick ratio at 1.79. The stock has gained 13.4% over the last year.

6. Equity Residential (NYSE:EQR):
REIT with a Market cap of $18.53B. Current price at $62.11. Net institutional purchases at 11.3M shares over the current quarter, representing 4.03% of the 280.18M share float. The stock has gained 10.06% over the last year.

7. Avalonbay Communities Inc. (NYSE:AVB): REIT with a Market cap of $11.73B. Current price at $135.10. Net institutional purchases at 3.3M shares over the current quarter, representing 3.82% of the 86.37M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 9.0% (equivalent to 10.1 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.09% over the last week.

8. Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM): Application Software Industry. Market cap of $20.61B. Current price at $155.27. Net institutional purchases at 2.6M shares over the current quarter, representing 2.13% of the 122.35M share float. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.11% over the last week.

9. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG):
Restaurant Industry. Market cap of $10.0B. Current price at $325.13. Net institutional purchases at 647.1K shares over the current quarter, representing 2.12% of the 30.59M share float. Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 12.9% above its SMA20, 15.89% above its SMA50, and 33.26% above its SMA200. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.63% over the last week.

*Institutional data sourced from Fidelity. All other data sourced from Finviz.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Source: Hedge Funds Buying Into Large Cap Stocks Near 52-Week Highs