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Big-Money Investors Are Piling into These 10 ‘Rising Suns’

Investors looking for stable growth stocks can get ideas from the holdings of equity funds that are focused on large-cap investing and only long stocks.

Usually, large-cap stocks have less variability and volatility than small-cap stocks, and long positions are less risky than short positions as the latter's potential loss is unlimited.

Each quarter, RBC analyzes hundreds of long-only large-cap fund holdings to see what stocks they are buying the most. RBC calls these stocks "rising suns," because the firm says they usually climb gradually after being bought.

In the third quarter, healthcare stocks were a popular addition, probably related to rising confidence in the sector after Democrats won the House in the 2018 mid-term election.

Nearly all of these risings stars had better return rates than the S&P 500; however, just half are outperforming the benchmark in the current quarter.

Below are the 10 "rising suns" that have seen the most new positions added by large-cap funds in the third quarter. They are ranked in ascending order based on the changes in the number of funds that own the stock on a quarterly basis:

10. Simon Property Group

Ticker: SPG

Changes in the number of funds that own the stock: 17

Percentage owned by large-cap funds: 23%

3Q18 relative return to S&P 500: 11.4%

9. Nvidia

Ticker: NVDA

Changes in the number of funds that own the stock: 17

Percentage owned by large-cap funds: 23%

3Q18 relative return to S&P 500: 11.4%

8. Norfolk Southern

Ticker: NSC

Changes in the number of funds that own the stock: 17

Percentage owned by large-cap funds: 16%

3Q18 relative return to S&P 500: 12.4%

7. Medtronic

Ticker: MDT

Changes in the number of funds that own the stock: 17

Percentage owned by large-cap funds: 29%

3Q18 relative return to S&P 500: 7.7%

6. Illumina

Ticker: ILMN

Changes in the number of funds that own the stock: 18

Percentage owned by large-cap funds: 13%

3Q18 relative return to S&P 500: 24.2%

5. CSX

Ticker: CSX

Changes in the number of funds that own the stock: 19

Percentage owned by large-cap funds: 13%

3Q18 relative return to S&P 500: 8.9%

4. Union Pacific

Ticker: UNP

Changes in the number of funds that own the stock: 21

Percentage owned by large-cap funds: 30%

3Q18 relative return to S&P 500: 7.7%

3. WellCare Health Plan

Ticker: WCG

Changes in the number of funds that own the stock: 24

Percentage owned by large-cap funds: 8%

3Q18 relative return to S&P 500: 23%

2. Qualcomm

Ticker: QCOM

Changes in the number of funds that own the stock: 26

Percentage owned by large-cap funds: 25%

3Q18 relative return to S&P 500: 21.2%

1. HCA Healthcare

Ticker: HCA

Changes in the number of funds that own the stock: 26

Percentage owned by large-cap funds: 11%

3Q18 relative return to S&P 500: 28.4%