[NEW YORK] Top US hedge funds trimmed their positions in Apple Inc during the third quarter, a period when shares of the iPhone maker fell 12 per cent.
A filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission released on Monday showed that Adage Capital Partners held 8.5 million Apple shares on Sept 30, down 4 percent from June 30.
Other recent filings showed that Bridgewater Associates held 274,852 Apple shares as of Sept 30, about half as many as three months earlier, and that Coatue Management LLC owned 6.8 million shares on Sept 30, twenty percent fewer than in the prior quarter.
Tiger Eye Capital LLC, which held 356,502 Apple shares in June, held none in September.
Apple shares declined 12 per cent during the third quarter, in part because of concerns about sales of its iPhone, to close at US$110.30 on Sept 30. They reached a high for the year of US$134.54 in April. In recent weeks the stock has remained close to the quarter-end level and closed Friday at US$112.34.
The sale of shares could have protected the third-quarter hedge fund sellers against losses, though they also could have sold before July 20 when the stock closed at US$132.07, its highest close of the quarter.