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Is It Too Late to Buy Verisk Analytics (VRSK) Stock?

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Baron Asset Fund recently published its first-quarter commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the first quarter of 2021, the Baron Asset Fund returned -1.03% (institutional shares). In comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 Index was up 6.17%, while the Russell Midcap Growth Index was down 0.57%. 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 Q1 2021 Investor Letter, the fund highlighted a few stocks and Verisk Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) is one of them. Verisk Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) is a data analytics and risk assessment firm. In the last three months, Verisk Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) stock lost 0.6% and on April 26th it had a closing price of $186.47. Here is what the fund said:

"Shares of Verisk Analytics, Inc., a leading data and analytics vendor, detracted from performance after the company reported fourth quarter earnings that came in slightly below Street expectations. Verisk’s core insurance segment delivered strong results, but pandemic-related weakness impacted its smaller Energy and Financial Services segments. We remain positive about the competitive positioning, long-term growth, margin expansion, and capital deployment prospects for the business."

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In Q4 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Verisk Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) stock decreased by about 20% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don't believe in VRSK's growth potential. Our calculations showed that Verisk Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) isn't ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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