Five sectors -- Consumer Staples, Energy, Materials, Real Estate and Utilities -- have been overlooked by hedgies for at least five years, and generally with good reason. But that's not to say there aren't gems to be mined in those shafts.
To take one example from each, consider Darling Ingredients, Ovintiv, Ecolab, Simon Property Group and NiSource. These have all attracted more buys than sells over the past 13-F season, and more new owners than exits. Four out of five of these names -- which range from $7 billion to $63 billion in market cap -- performed well year-to-date. The exception is spiky the Materials sector's Ecolab, which has had an awful September so far.
Honorable mentions go to Colgate-Palmolive, Chevron, Linde, American Homes 4 Rent and Consolidated Edison.