We looked at which funds are hoarding big-volume stocks -- those that tend to be the most heavily traded.
All the companies mentioned in this article average more than $1 billion of market activity each day.
Five of the $1 billion-plus stocks are centered around the Internet and technology space.
represented over 13% of the C- rated
Berkshire Focus Fund
at year's end.
The E+ rated
Oak Associates Funds - Pin Oak Aggressive Stock Fund
as its top holding.
is the third-biggest holding of the C rated
Old Mutual Focused Fund
is tops at
Rydex Series-Internet Fund
, currently rated E+.
accounts for about one quarter of all invested assets of the E- rated,
ProFunds-Semiconductor UltraSector Inv ProFund
The next three companies are still considered highly advanced technologically; however, their mission is to keep us healthy. Both
Merck & Co
are concentrated atop the list of
ProFunds Pharmaceutical UltraSector Inv ProFund
While they deliver the life-saving drugs,
Procter & Gamble
dominates the consumer-product related health care sector, and is the biggest holding of the C+ rated
ProFunds Consumer Goods UltraSector Inv ProFund
The next two companies are stock-market behemoths.
is gobbling up business from mom-and-pop retailers, while the D- rated
Rydex Series - Retailing Fund
seems to have tried to do the same with Wal-Mart shares.
Another large company,
, has bought so many companies in the last 122 years that it has been compared to a mutual fund. The A rated
Vanguard Industrials Index Adm Fund
has about one-fifth of its assets in shares of GE.
Three of the most highly liquid shares are also the top three holdings of the E- rated
ProFunds-Bank UltraSector Inv ProFund
Bank of America
all regularly trade more than $1 billion of shares per day.
Lastly, the price of a barrel of oil bounced right back. Energy stocks like
are still among the most heavily traded.
These are the top three holdings of the B- rated
ProFunds - Oil & Gas UltraSector Inv ProFund
and the C+ rated
Vanguard Energy Index Adm Fund
. The former has the higher concentration of Exxon Mobil, while the latter holds proportionally more of the other two.
Important disclaimer: These stocks are so liquid that any of the above funds may have already liquidated their position in these companies by the time you read this article.
For an explanation of our ratings,
Kevin Baker became the senior financial analyst for TSC Ratings upon the August 2006 acquisition of Weiss Ratings by TheStreet.com, covering mutual funds. He joined the Weiss Group in 1997 as a banking and brokerage analyst. In 1999, he created the Weiss Group's first ratings to gauge the level of risk in U.S. equities. Baker received a B.S. degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. with a finance specialization from Nova Southeastern University.