Here’s Why Saturna Capital is Bullish in Baidu Inc. (BIDU)

Saturna Capital Corporation, an investment management firm, published its fourth-quarter 2020 ‘Amana Mutual Funds Trust’ Investor Letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. In the past year, a return of 13.95% was recorded by Amana Income Fund, 32.86% by Amana Growth Fund, 21.26% by Amana Developing World Fund, and 5.35% by Amana Participation Fund. You can view each fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Saturna Capital Corporation, in their Q4 2020 investor letter, mentioned Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) and emphasized their views on the company. Baidu, Inc. is a China-based internet, artificial intelligence, and EV company. It currently has an $88.96 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, BIDU delivered a 22.22% return, impressively extending its 12-month gains to 144.14%. As of March 9, 2021, the stock closed at $264.28 per share.

Here is what Saturna Capital Corporation has to say about Baidu, Inc. in their Q4 2020 investor letter:

“In the fourth quarter, Baidu produced the strongest returns. Baidu’s strong quarterly performance is a testament to the premium (some might call it a bubble) markets are placing on electric vehicle and renewable energy companies. Until mid-December, Baidu’s stock remained range-bound and only changed when it was reported the company had plans to enter the electric vehicle market. While we see a bright future for electric vehicles and renewable energy, we remain committed to our investment process that focuses on business fundamentals over market frenzy.”

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