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Is Datadog Inc. (DDOG) A Smart Long-Term Buy?

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Artisan Partners, a high value-added investment management firm, published its ‘Artisan Mid Cap Fund’ first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of -2.36% was recorded by its Investor Class: ARTMX, -2.32% by its Advisor Class: APDMX, and -2.30% by its Institutional Class: APHMX, in the fourth quarter of 2020, all below the Russell Midcap® Growth Index that delivered a -0.57% return and the Russell Midcap® Index that was up by 8.14% for the same period. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Artisan Mid Cap Fund, in its Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned Datadog, Inc. (NASDAQ: DDOG), and shared their insights on the company. Datadog, Inc. is a US-based monitoring service company for cloud-scale applications, that currently has a $22 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, DDOG delivered a -27.51% return, while its 12-month gains are up by 43.84%. As of May 06, 2021, the stock closed at $71.36 per share.

Here is what Artisan Mid Cap Fund has to say about Datadog, Inc. in its Q1 2021 investor letter:

"We also added to Datadog. Shares of Datadog retreated in Q1 in sympathy with the broader information technology sector. However, the company remains on solid fundamental footing, recently setting a quarterly record for net new customer additions. Datadog’s cloud solutions fill a void left by legacy tools built for on-premise IT infrastructures, enabling it to take share in an underpenetrated, large addressable market. We believe the company’s low-touch land-and-expand customer acquisition model, combined with a steady expanding product portfolio, position it well for strong profit and cash flow growth in the coming years."

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Our calculations show that Datadog, Inc. (NASDAQ: DDOG) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, Datadog, Inc. was in 52 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 42 funds in the third quarter. DDOG delivered a -36.24% return in the past 3 months.

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