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9 Hedge Fund Favorites With Barclays Buy Ratings Test 1

When an investment bank or other such specialized institution gives a stock a “buy rating,” they are advising investors they believe them likely to yield high returns. In other words, these stocks could be a good investment. For your benefit, we have gathered “Overweight” (strong buys) ratings from one of the top investment banks out there, Barclays Capital, and made a list to help you make your investment decisions.

To narrow down our list of “overweight” stocks, we also looked for bullish signals from institutional investors. Institutional investors are basically organizations who specialize in investing in stocks and other securities. This includes hedge funds, mutual funds and investments banks, which employ expert analysts to evaluate stocks before investing in them. These organizations seek to make profits on the stocks they buy, therefore, their portfolios can act as a good indicator for which stocks might be profitable.

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The following “Overweight” stocks are very popular among institutional investors at the moment. Do you think this reflects good prospects for these companies in the future? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

For a similar list, see: Barclays has “Overweight” Ratings on these 9 Stocks, But Institutions are Still Selling


1. Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. ( CSOD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides learning and talent management solution delivered as software-as-a-service. Market cap at $1.37B, most recent closing price at $27.28. On 12/06/2011, Barclays Capital had a Overweight rating on the stock. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 2.5M shares, which represents about 7.22% of the company’s float of 34.65M shares.


2. Corrections Corporation of America ( CXW, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates privatized correctional and detention facilities in the United States. Market cap at $3.31B, most recent closing price at $33.11. On 12/13/2011, Barclays Capital had a Overweight rating on the stock. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 9.1M shares, which represents about 9.25% of the company’s float of 98.36M shares.


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