Is Vail Resorts (MTN) a Smart Long-term Buy?

Baron Partners Fund recently published its third-quarter commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the third quarter of 2020, the Baron Partners Fund returned 47.15% (institutional shares). In comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 Index was up 8.93%, while the Russell Midcap Growth Index was up 9.37%. You should check out Baron Partners Fund’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of 2021.

In the Q3 2020 Investor Letter, Baron Partners Fund highlighted a few stocks and Vail Resorts Inc (NYSE:MTN) is one of them. Vail Resorts Inc (NYSE:MTN) is a mountain resort company. Year-to-date, Vail Resorts Inc (NYSE:MTN) stock gained 18.1% and on December 4th it had a closing price of $283.14. Here is what Baron Partners Fund said:

“Shares of global ski resort operator Vail Resorts, Inc. increased in the quarter. This was due to expectations that the upcoming ski season will enjoy a quick recovery given strong pent-up demand. Vail should benefit from skiing’s status as an outdoor sport that can be conducted in a socially distanced manner. Vail may lose some of its higher-margin destination traffic as people continue to avoid flying due to the pandemic, but the company continues to benefit from local skiers who account for about 50% of its visitors.”

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In Q2 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Vail Resorts Inc (NYSE:MTN) stock remained unchanged from the previous quarter (see the chart here). Our calculations showed that Vail Resorts Inc (NYSE:MTN) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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