Should You Buy Splunk (SPLK) Stock Before It’s Too Late?

Baron Opportunity Fund recently published its fourth-quarter commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Baron Opportunity Fund returned 23.02% (institutional shares). In comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 Index was up 12.15%, while the Russell 3000 Growth Index was up 12.41%. 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, the fund highlighted a few stocks and Splunk Inc (NASDAQ:SPLK) is one of them. Splunk Inc (NASDAQ:SPLK) is a software company. In the last three months, Splunk Inc (NASDAQ:SPLK) stock lost 18% and on March 17th it had a closing price of $137.81. Here is what the fund said:

“Splunk, Inc. leverages its scalable data analytics solutions to enable customers to manage operations more efficiently across a broad array of use cases, including IT operations, IT and application monitoring, and cybersecurity. The stock fell after Splunk reported a slowdown in bookings driven by delays in closing its largest pipeline deals. Management withdrew its long-term targets as it evaluates deal activity during the company’s fiscal fourth quarter. We have cautiously maintained conviction – post a series of management calls and interactions, as well as customer and industry-expert channel checks – as we expect Splunk’s differentiated data platform, newer cloud services, and more flexible pricing models to support growth, although we acknowledge it may take longer to achieve in the pandemic-impacted enterprise spending environment.”

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In February, we published an article revealing that Splunk Inc (NASDAQ:SPLK) was one of the 15 fastest-growing software companies.

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

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