Baron Opportunity Fund recently published its third-quarter commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the third quarter of 2020, the Baron Opportunity Fund returned 17.92% (institutional shares). In comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 Index was up 8.93%, while the Russell 3000 Growth Index was up 12.86%. 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 Q3 2020 Investor Letter, Baron Opportunity Fund highlighted a few stocks and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) is one of them. Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) is a technology company. Year-to-date, Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) stock gained 33.3% and on December 11th it had a closing price of $1,781.77. Here is what Baron Opportunity Fund said:
“Considering solid Fund inflows, we added to long-term holding Alphabet Inc. to maintain its weighting in the portfolio. Alphabet is the parent company of Google, the world’s largest search and online advertising company. We increased our position in Alphabet this quarter as a protracted COVID-19-related recovery in travel and brand advertising presented an attractive buying opportunity. We are encouraged by improving trends in both search and YouTube, driven by durable tailwinds to e-commerce and local advertising, as well as the continued shift of video advertising dollars away from linear television as consumers increasingly cut the cable TV cord. We believe Google is becoming slightly more disciplined in capital allocation than it has been historically. Lastly, Google Cloud, which this quarter achieved a $12 billion revenue run rate under the leadership of Thomas Kurian, is having increasing success competing with larger vendors, due to its strengths in security, open-source, and data analytics.”
In Q3 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) stock increased by about 4% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers believe in Alphabet’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) is ranked #5 among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
The top 10 stocks among hedge funds returned 216% since the end of 2014 and outperformed the S&P 500 Index ETFs by more than 121 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. Below 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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