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Is Mettler-Toledo International (MTD) a Smart Long-term Buy?

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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 Mettler Toledo International Inc (NYSE:MTD) is one of them. Mettler Toledo International Inc (NYSE:MTD) manufactures and markets weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, and food retailing applications. Year-to-date, Mettler Toledo International Inc (NYSE:MTD) stock gained 41.8% and on December 7th it had a closing price of $1,125.15. Here is what Baron Asset Fund said:

"Mettler-Toledo International, Inc. is the world’s largest provider of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, and food retailing applications. Shares contributed to performance after reporting second quarter results with sales and earnings, as well as reinstated 2020 guidance, ahead of investor expectations. We continue to believe Mettler is an exceptionally well-managed business with multiple levers available, including demonstrated pricing power, to compound earnings at attractive rates."

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In Q2 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Mettler Toledo International Inc (NYSE:MTD) stock decreased by about 13% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don't believe in MTD's growth potential. Our calculations showed that Mettler Toledo International Inc (NYSE:MTD) isn't ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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