Carillon Tower Advisers, an investment management firm, published its “Carillon Eagle Small Cap Growth Fund” first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. Small-cap stocks advanced once again in the first quarter of 2021. However, there was a rather considerable disparity among the two style indexes, as the Russell 2000® Growth Index (up 4.87%) significantly lagged its Russell 2000® Value Index counterpart (up 21.16%). You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.
Carillon Eagle Small Cap Growth Fund, in their Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), and shared their insights on the company. Pegasystems Inc. is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based software company that currently has a $9.8 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, PEGA delivered a -8.98% return, while its 12-month gains are up by 40.07%. As of May 04, 2021, the stock closed at $121.29 per share.
Here is what Carillon Eagle Small Cap Growth Fund has to say about Pegasystems Inc. in their Q1 2021 investor letter:
“Pegasystems develops software for organizations to use in building, deploying, and changing enterprise systems. The stock suffered a bit in the quarter, as there was a notable shift in investor sentiment away from higher growing software companies that were major contributors of the robust market returns seen throughout 2020. We remain optimistic that Pegasystems’ artificial intelligence-driven recommendations for customer service agents and the need for automation will provide secular growth opportunities in the future.”
Our calculations show that Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, Pegasystems Inc. was in 32 hedge fund portfolios. PEGA delivered a -9.94% return in the past 3 months.
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