NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Which stocks did big hedge fund managers shy away from in the first quarter?
Hedge funds hated information technology stocks, with $1.19 billion in net sells last quarter, followed by consumer staples companies with $299 million in net sells, according to S&P Capital IQ's, a division of McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), quarterly hedge fund tracker. The report analyzes Securities and Exchange Commission 13-F filings by the 10 largest hedge funds by asset size to spotlight big buying and selling trends.
On the flip side, big hedge fund managers poured nearly $5 billion into health care stocks, last quarter. Following health care stocks, hedge fund managers put $1.47 billion investing dollars into the industrial sector as well as $1.13 billion into energy stocks, despite the oil price slump.
Check out the five stocks with the biggest sell off by hedge fund managers. TheStreet highlights notable sold positions on each of the five stocks, pairing the companies with ratings from TheStreet Ratings. And when you're done be sure to check out hedge funds' biggest buys last quarter.
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