On July 14, 2020, Wedgewood Partners released its Q2 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. The Fund returned 27.13% for the second quarter of 2020. Meanwhile, the benchmark Russell 1000 Growth Index and the Russell 1000 Value Index gained 27.84% and 14.29%, respectively. You should check out Wedgewood Partners’ top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of the stock market crash.
In the said letter, Wedgewood Partners highlighted a few stocks and Alcon Inc (NYSE:ALC) is one of them. Alcon Inc (NYSE:ALC) is a global medical company specializing in eye care products. Year-to-date, Alcon Inc (NYSE:ALC) stock gained 0.1% and on July 13th it had a closing price of $56.36. Here is what Wedgewood Partners said:
“Alcon reported +3% revenue growth as ocular surgery activity was curtailed due to widespread stay at home orders. Through April, Alcon noted its revenue trends were running down -50% as virtually all the surgery centers in its markets, aside from China, were shut in. We expect most of this surgical capacity to be back in service by the end of the third quarter and for the Company to return to its normal cadence of growth not long after. Longer-term, we think Alcon still has an attractive new product pipeline, with nearly a dozen new launches over the next few years, as well as ample room to expand margins and drive double-digit earnings growth.”
In Q1 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Alcon Inc (NYSE:ALC) stock increased by about 4% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers seem to agree with Alcon’s upside potential. Our calculations showed that Alcon Inc (NYSE:ALC) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
The top 10 stocks among hedge funds returned 185% since the end of 2014 and outperformed the S&P 500 Index ETFs by more than 109 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.
Video: Top 5 Stocks Among Hedge Funds
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