Mega fund managers, managing between $100 billion and over a trillion dollars, are neutral on the outsourcing and IT services companies. During the June quarter, mega fund managers together sold a net $2.26 billion from their prior $114.81 billion position in the group, selling $6.64 billion and buying $4.38 billion worth of stocks. Furthermore, they hold $112.55 billion in stock of companies in the group, about equal-weight versus the weighting of the group in the overall market.
A majority of the hedge fund and mutual fund managers included in the mega funds list manage well over $100 billion in U.S. equity assets, with some managing between $50 and $100 billion. The list includes prominent managers such as Wellington Management ($1.6 trillion in total assets under management), Vanguard Group ($1.4 trillion), Fidelity Investments ($640 billion), T Rowe Price ($330 billion), and Goldman Sachs Asset Management ($580 billion), among others. The following are the outsourcing and IT services companies that these mega fund managers are most bullish and bearish about (see Table):
Mega Funds Bearish on International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM): As would be expected, all mega funds (#31) have a position in IBM, and together they hold $60.3 billion or just under a third of the outstanding stock of the company. However, in the June quarter, mega funds unloaded a net $2.58 billion of IBM stock, buying $278 million and selling $2.86 billion worth of stock. Major sellers included Capital World Investors ($509 million), Wellington Capital Management ($335 million), Janus Capital Management ($316 million), T Rowe Price ($251 million) and Capital Research Global Investors ($244 million). The largest holders of IBM stock include State Street Corp. ($10.91 billion) and Vanguard Group (8.34 billion).
Mega Funds Neutral on Accenture (NYSE:ACN): Almost all mega funds (29#) have a position in ACN, and they are over-weight the stock as together they hold $15.08 billion or just under half of the company. In the June quarter, mega funds unloaded a net $735 million in ACN stock. Mega funds with the largest position in ACN include MFS Investment Management ($1.92 billion), Fidelity Investments ($1.85 billion) and T. Rowe Price ($1.76 billion).
Mega Funds Bullish on Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP): ADP provides business process outsourcing services to employers, dealers, and professional employer organizations worldwide. Almost all mega funds (#29) have a position in ADP, and together they added a net $181 million to their $9.48 billion prior quarter position in ADP. Furthermore, they are over-weight ADP as together they hold $9.66 billion of ADP or just over 40% of company stock. Major holders of ADP include Wellington Capital Management ($1.14 billion), Capital Research Global Investors ($1.03 billion), Vanguard Group (1.02 billion), State Street Corp. ($1.01 billion) and State Street Corp. ($960 million). Mega Funds Bullish on Cognizant Tech Solutions (NASDAQ:CTSH): CTSH provides custom IT Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing Services for companies. Almost all mega funds (#28) have a position in CTSH, and together they added a net $416 million to their $7.40 billion prior quarter position, adding $512 million and cutting $96 million worth of CTSH stock. Furthermore, they are over-weight CTSH as together they hold $7.8 billion or over 40% of company stock. Major buyers of CTSH during the June quarter include Wells Fargo & Co. ($108 million), State Street Corp. ($63 million) and Deutsche Bank AG ($63 million); and the largest holder of CTSH by far is Fidelity Investments ($1.59 billion). Mega Funds Bearish on Infosys Ltd. (NASDAQ:INFY): INFY is an Indian provider of software re-engineering, systems integration, infrastructure management and other IT services. A major portion of the mega-funds (#25) have a position in INFY, and together they are under-weight the company as they hold $1.80 billion or just over 6% of company stock. Furthermore, during the June quarter, they unloaded a net $205 million of stock, selling $293 million and buying $89 million worth of stock. Major sellers of INFY included Wellington Capital Management ($121 million) and Fidelity Investments ($49 million). Mega Funds Bullish on Paychex Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX): PAYX provides payroll, human resource and employee benefits outsourcing services via more than 100 offices in the U.S. Almost all mega funds (#29) have a position in PAYX, and together they are over-weight PAYX and hold $3.36 billion or just over a third of the outstanding shares. Furthermore, during the June quarter, they added a net $159 million of PAYX stock. Major holders of PAYX include Capital World Investors ($749 million), Vanguard Group ($333 million) and State Street Corp. ($317 million).
Mega Funds Bullish on Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC): CSC provides IT, business process outsourcing and professional services to enterprises and the U.S. government. Twenty-five mega funds together hold $1.99 billion worth of stock or just over 44% of the company, and in the June quarter, they added a net $121 million in CSC stock. Major holders of CSC include Dodge & Cox ($468 million) and T. Rowe Price (419 million).
Mega Funds Bullish on Amdocs Ltd. (NYSE:DOX): DOX provides business support system software to service providers in the communications, media and entertainment industry. Twenty-four mega funds together hold $1.62 billion worth of stock or just under a third of the company, and in the June quarter, they added a net $75 million to their holdings. Major holders of DOX include Janus Capital Management ($345 million), Ameriprise Financial ($313 million) and Fidelity Investments ($258 million).
General Methodology and Background Information: The latest available institutional 13-F filings of over 30+ mega hedge fund and mutual fund managers were analyzed to determine their capital allocation among different industry groupings, and to determine their favorite picks and pans in each group. These mega fund managers number less than one percent of all funds and yet they control almost half of the U.S. equity discretionary fund assets. The argument is that mega institutional investors have the resources and the access to information, knowledge and expertise to conduct extensive due diligence in informing their investment decisions. When mega Institutional Investors invest and maybe even converge on a specific investment idea, the idea deserves consideration for further investigation. The savvy investor may then leverage this information either as a starting point to conduct his own due diligence.
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