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 West Pharmaceutical Services Inc (NYSE:WST) is one of them. West Pharmaceutical Services Inc (NYSE:WST) is a pharmaceutical company. Year-to-date, West Pharmaceutical Services Inc (NYSE:WST) stock gained 56.9% and on July 10th it had a closing price of $232.23. Here is what Baron Asset Fund said:
"West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. has dominant market share among manufacturers that supply components and systems to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to package and deliver injectable drugs. Its stock increased after West reported strong quarterly financial results and issued optimistic forward guidance, in stark contrast to the weak results and/or guidance reported by many other companies due to COVID-19-related business disruptions. In addition, we believe West’s significant market share and its leading manufacturing capabilities make it a likely partner for any company that eventually offers a COVID-19 vaccine. We believe this provides significant upside opportunity for this business."
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In Q1 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on West Pharmaceutical Services Inc (NYSE:WST) stock decreased by about 7% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don't seem to agree with WST's upside potential. Our calculations showed that West Pharmaceutical Services Inc (NYSE:WST) isn't ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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