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See Which Of The Latest 13F Filers Holds Johnson & Johnson
Joel Kornblau - Wednesday, August 7, 3:05 PM

At Holdings Channel, we have reviewed the latest batch of the 22 most recent 13F filings for the 06/30/2019 reporting period, and noticed that Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) was held by 11 of these funds. When hedge fund managers appear to be thinking alike, we find it is a good idea to take a closer look.

Before we proceed, it is important to point out that 13F filings do not tell the whole story, because these funds are only required to disclose their long positions with the SEC, but are not required to disclose their short positions. A fund making a bearish bet against a stock by shorting calls, for example, might also be long some amount of stock as they trade around their overall bearish position. This long component could show up in a 13F filing and everyone might assume the fund is bullish, but this tells only part of the story because the bearish/short side of the position is not seen.

Having given that caveat, we believe that looking at groups of 13F filings can be revealing, especially when comparing one holding period to another. Below, let's take a look at the change in JNJ positions, for this latest batch of 13F filers:

FundNew Position?Change In Share CountChange In Market Value ($ in 1000's)
Peoples Bank OH Existing -468-$69
BB&T Securities LLC Existing +9,163+$848
Alps Advisors Inc. Existing -2,411-$475
Banco Santander S.A. Existing +6,723+$810
Bridges Investment Management Inc. Existing -24,016-$3,453
LS Investment Advisors LLC Existing +1,302+$141
Palladium Partners LLC Existing +117-$87
9258 Wealth Management LLC Existing -683-$103
Harvest Capital Management Inc Existing -20-$17
Thompson Investment Management Inc. Existing -370-$82
Tortoise Investment Management LLC Existing +100+$12
Aggregate Change: -10,563-$2,475

In terms of shares owned, we count 5 of the above funds having increased existing JNJ positions from 03/31/2019 to 06/30/2019, with 6 having decreased their positions.

Looking beyond these particular funds in this one batch of most recent filers, we tallied up the JNJ share count in the aggregate among all of the funds which held JNJ at the 06/30/2019 reporting period (out of the 2,093 we looked at in total). We then compared that number to the sum total of JNJ shares those same funds held back at the 03/31/2019 period, to see how the aggregate share count held by hedge funds has moved for JNJ. We found that between these two periods, funds reduced their holdings by 1,467,022 shares in the aggregate, from 249,832,146 down to 248,365,124 for a share count decline of approximately -0.59%. The overall top three funds holding JNJ on 06/30/2019 were:

»FundShares of JNJ Held
1.Wells Fargo & Company MN 21,808,366
2.Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 13,000,000
3.Fisher Asset Management LLC 11,841,121
4-10Find out the full Top 10 Hedge Funds Holding JNJ»

We'll keep following the latest 13F filings by hedge fund managers and bring you interesting stories derived from a look at the aggregate information across groups of managers between filing periods. While looking at individual 13F filings can sometimes be misleading due to the long-only nature of the information, the sum total across groups of funds from one reporting period to another can be a lot more revealing and relevant, providing interesting stock ideas that merit further research, like Johnson & Johnson (JNJ).

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