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 Vroom Inc. (NASDAQ:VRM) is one of them. Vroom Inc. (NASDAQ:VRM) is a New York City-based used car retailer and e-commerce company that enables consumers to buy, sell and finance cars online. In the last three months, Vroom Inc. (NASDAQ:VRM) stock lost 7.6% and on March 17th it had a closing price of $37.23. Here is what the fund said:
“Vroom, Inc. is an e-commerce platform that buys and sells used vehicles online and through its app, handling inbound and outbound transportation and offering insurance, financing, and warranty products through third-party partnerships. Shares were down in the quarter given customer service challenges, which we expect to be resolved in the near term. In our view, given its differentiated asset-light approach that should drive higher returns on capital than that of its competitors, Vroom could be one of several winners in the $840 billion-plus U.S. used auto market, of which less than 0.1% is online.”
In Q3 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Vroom Inc. (NASDAQ:VRM) stock increased by about 21% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers believe in Vroom’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Vroom Inc. (NASDAQ:VRM) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
The top 10 stocks among hedge funds returned 231.2% between 2015 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 Index ETFs by more than 126 percentage points. We know it sounds unbelievable. You have been dismissing our articles about top hedge fund stocks mostly because you were fed biased information by other media outlets about hedge funds’ poor performance. You could have doubled the size of your nest egg by investing in the top hedge fund stocks instead of dumb S&P 500 ETFs. Here you can watch our video about the top 5 hedge fund stocks right now. All of these stocks had positive returns in 2020.
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