Is Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) Stock a Buy For 2021?

Baron Health Care Fund recently published its fourth-quarter commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Baron Health Care Fund returned 17.1% (institutional shares). In comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 Index was up 12.15%, while the Russell 3000 Health Care Index was up 10.08%. You should check out Baron’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of 2021.

In the Q4 2020 Investor Letter, Baron Health Care Fund highlighted a few stocks and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO) is one of them. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO) is an analytical laboratory instrument manufacturing company. In the last three months, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO) stock gained 4.0% and on February 22nd it had a closing price of $463.28. Here is what Baron Health Care Fund said:

“We added to Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the leading global life sciences tools provider. Thermo is a “picks and shovels” company which offers a broad array of products and services (such as instruments, reagents, consumables, and manufacturing and other services) to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as environmental, industrial quality and process control settings. Thermo has benefited from sales of products and services related to COVID-19, such as diagnostic testing, personal protective equipment and pharmaceutical services, which we think demonstrates the company’s broad capabilities and critical role in the life sciences industry. Although some of this revenue will taper off as the pandemic subsides, we think Thermo will continue to benefit from longterm secular tailwinds, including increased investments in life sciences, diagnostics, vaccine/therapeutics and health care broadly. We think Thermo should be able to generate at least mid-to-high single-digit annual organic revenue growth well into the future driven by positive end-market trends and market share gains. We also expect Thermo to continue to use its strong free cash flow and balance sheet to create shareholder value through M&A and share repurchases.”

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Earlier this month, we published an article revealing that Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO) had an amazing fourth quarter. Thermo Fisher’s adjusted profit climbed 100 percent on a year-over-year basis to $7.09 per share, easily beating the consensus forecast of $6.56 per share.

In Q3 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO) stock increased by about 10% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers believe in TMO’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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