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Want to Buy Illumina (ILMN) Stock? Here’s What You Need to Know

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RiverPark Advisors, LLC recently published its Q3 2020 RiverPark Large Growth Fund commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the third quarter of 2020, the RiverPark Large Growth Fund returned 10.84% (institutional shares), compared to the total return of 8.93% by the S&P 500 Index. You should check out RiverPark’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, RiverPark highlighted a few stocks and Illumina Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) is one of them. Illumina Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) is a biotechnology company. Year-to-date, Illumina Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) stock gained 3.3% and on December 8th it had a closing price of $342.72. Here is what RiverPark said:

"Illumina: ILMN shares were our top detractor for the quarter, as the market viewed negatively its $8 billion purchase of liquid biopsy leader GRAIL. The acquisition marks a shift in strategy for Illumina from its highly profitable selling of tools to the liquid biopsy market (among other markets) to actively participating in the development of tests themselves. This market (earlystage cancer screening via blood samples), however, is a massive long-term opportunity that can dramatically change the face of healthcare. GRAIL is a leader and should have a commercial product as early as next year.

We continue to view the company’s core genomics industry as offering one of the larger total addressable markets that we cover, and ILMN is the clear innovation leader in sequencing and array-based solutions for genetic analysis. With less than 0.02% of humans having been sequenced and 99% of the variants discovered in the genome having not yet been deciphered, Illumina, at only $3.4 billion of TTM revenue, is still in its infancy in what is potentially a greater than $50 billion genetics analysis tools market opportunity. With Illumina’s entrance into the potentially larger liquid biopsy market, we believe that the company has a significantly larger growth opportunity ahead."

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Yesterday, we published an article revealing that Baron Asset Fund is bullish on Illumina Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) stock. The investment firm believes that the Grail investment offers the potential for significant long-term value creation in the rapidly growing market for early cancer screening.

In Q2 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Illumina Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) stock increased by about 21% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers believe in Illumina's growth potential. Our calculations showed that Illumina Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) isn't ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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