Baron Partners Fund recently published its fourth-quarter commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Baron Partners Fund returned 42.87% (institutional shares). In comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 Index was up 12.15%, while the Russell Midcap Growth Index was up 19.02%. 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 Q4 2020 Investor Letter, the fund highlighted a few stocks and Idexx Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:IDXX) is one of them. Idexx Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:IDXX) is a veterinary services company. In the last three months, Idexx Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:IDXX) stock lost 0.1% and on March 18th it had a closing price of $484.47. Here is what the fund said:
“Shares of veterinary diagnostics leader IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. contributed to performance in the quarter. Veterinary visits continued to recover from lows in the early months of the pandemic, with practice visits growing at double-digit rates through October. IDEXX’s competitive trends are outstanding, and we expect new proprietary innovations and field salesforce expansion to be meaningful contributors to growth. Margins are moving significantly higher, and we believe margins can exceed 30% over time.”
In Q3 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Idexx Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:IDXX) stock increased by about 3% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers believe in Idexx’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Idexx Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:IDXX) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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