Life Without Apple Is Still Peachy for Some Fund Managers
But there are some maverick fund managers who, even with a large-cap mandate, haven't bought Apple, yet have done quite well without it.
Apple, now at $610 a share and with a market value of $568 billion, is the largest member of the S&P 500, at 4.6% of the benchmark. Its outsized presence and performance pretty much makes it a mandatory holding for mid- to large-cap funds, but it's owned by a lot of other funds as well.
At the end of the first quarter, 4,877 funds had a stake in it, holding a combined 69% of Apple's shares.
And they're surely all thankful for its existence, as Apple shares are up 51% this year, versus the S&P 500's 11.3% gain. Over three years, Apple is up an annual average of 70%, more than three times that of the index.
But Dan Culloton, Morningstar's associate director of fund analysis, cites a handful of large-cap funds with top performances in the large-blend category, with nary an Apple in sight.