Baron Asset Fund recently published its second-quarter commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the second quarter of 2020, the Baron Asset Fund returned 28.02% (institutional shares). In comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 Index was up 20.54%, while the Russell Midcap Growth Index was up 30.26%. You should check out Baron Asset Fund’s 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, Baron Asset 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. Year-to-date, Idexx Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:IDXX) stock gained 30.4% and on July 10th it had a closing price of $338.25. Here is what Baron Asset Fund said:
“Shares of IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., a veterinary diagnostic company, gained after reporting excellent quarterly results that exceeded expectations, despite the headwinds caused by the pandemic. Organic growth in IDEXX’s core companion animals group finished the quarter up double digits, and the company repurchased almost $200 million of stock in the quarter, its highest level in many years. Although visits to veterinary clinics fell approximately 30% during the peak of lockdowns, management indicated that trends “meaningfully improved” during the second quarter. To be prudent, management committed to reduce corporate expenses by $100 million, increased its cash position, and temporarily suspended future share repurchases. We believe the results demonstrated that IDEXX is a unique, competitively advantaged business that is likely to bounce back quickly and outperform across economic cycles.”
In Q1 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Idexx Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:IDXX) stock decreased by about 16% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don’t seem to agree with Idexx Laboratories upside potential. Our calculations showed that Idexx Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:IDXX) 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.
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