Why HF Managers Are Underperforming? The 10 Largest Stocks In The S&P 500 Are Up 13.9% [Chart]

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Whitney Tilson email discussing the ten 10 largest stocks in the S&P 500 by market cap are up 13.9% YTD.

I thought this was really interesting (and certainly explains why a lot of money managers are trailing the market this year, including me): the 10 largest stocks (by market cap) in the S&P 500 are up 13.9%, while the other 490 are down 5.8%. This 19.7% spread is the largest in 15 years and has only been larger twice (in 1998 & 1999, at the peak of the internet bubble).

10 Largest Stocks In The S&P 500

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PS—The 10 largest stocks are (in order): Apple, Google (both classes of shares), Microsoft, Exxon Mobil, GE, J&J, Wells Fargo, Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and JPMorgan Chase (the numbers would be even more skewed if the #11 stock, Facebook, were included, as it’s up 38% YTD).