Institutional investors maintain firm grip on Teladoc Health

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Institutional investors maintain firm grip on Teladoc Health
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Institutional investors continue to hold a significant presence in Teladoc (NYSE: TDOC ) Health, Inc., owning 75% of the company's shares, as reported on Monday. Their considerable stake allows them to exert substantial influence on the market sentiment and stock price. The bullish outlook from institutional analysts on Teladoc's stock has been noted, with the caveat of a 'crowded trade' risk.

ARK Investment Management LLC remains the largest shareholder of Teladoc Health, holding a 12% stake. The second and third-largest shareholders follow with 10% and 6.2% stakes respectively. This distribution of ownership prevents dominance by a single majority holder, as the top 13 shareholders collectively control half of the company's shares.

Despite their less than 1% stake, insiders own $22 million worth of shares, an important factor when assessing Teladoc's prospective performance alongside analyst opinions. On the other hand, the general public primarily made up of individual investors, holds a 25% stake in the company. While this is a considerable amount, their influence may be limited against the interests of larger shareholders.

Investors are urged to consider risk factors associated with Teladoc Health before making investment decisions. These include not only potential power concentration within a small group due to insider ownership but also the risk of a selling frenzy should market conditions deteriorate. This risk is particularly high for companies that are not experiencing growth.

The absence of hedge funds in Teladoc's ownership structure is noteworthy, with institutions continuing to dominate. This arrangement ensures a balanced power distribution within the company but also poses risks that investors should carefully consider.

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