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Baron Asset Fund recently published its third-quarter commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the third quarter of 2020, the Baron Asset Fund returned 8.43% (institutional shares). In comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 Index was up 8.93%, while the Russell Midcap Growth Index was up 9.37%. 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 2021.
In the Q3 2020 Investor Letter, Baron Asset Fund highlighted a few stocks and Bio-Techne Corp (NASDAQ:TECH) is one of them. Bio-Techne Corp (NASDAQ:TECH) is a biotechnology company. Year-to-date, Bio-Techne Corp (NASDAQ:TECH) stock gained 40.3% and on December 7th it had a closing price of $307.93. Here is what Baron Asset Fund said:
"Bio-Techne Corporation detracted from performance in the quarter. Bio-Techne is a leading provider of life sciences tools to academic labs and biopharmaceutical customers. The company’s business is being negatively impacted by COVID-19 as academic lab customers are spending less time in their labs. We continue to believe Bio-Techne has a resilient business with over 80% of revenue from high-margin consumables in stable end markets (biopharmaceutical R&D, academic research, and diagnostics), where longterm growth is being driven by increased investment in life sciences."
In Q2 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Bio-Techne Corp (NASDAQ:TECH) stock increased by about 4% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers believe in Bio-Techne's growth potential. Our calculations showed that Bio-Techne Corp (NASDAQ:TECH) isn't ranked 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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