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Here’s Why Artisan Partners Sold its Nuance Communications (NUAN) Stake

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Artisan Partners, a high value-added investment management firm, published its ‘Artisan Mid Cap Fund’ second quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 10.45% was recorded by its Investor Class: ARTMX, 10.46% by its Advisor Class: APDMX, and 10.52% by its Institutional Class: APHMX, in the second quarter of 2021, all below the Russell Midcap® Growth Index that delivered an 11.07% return, but outperforming the Russell Midcap® Index that was up by 7.50% for the same period. You can take a look at the fund’s top 5 holdings to have an idea about their top bets for 2021.

In the Q2 2021 investor letter of Artisan Partners, the fund mentioned Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) and discussed its stance on the firm. Nuance Communications, Inc. is a Burlington, Massachusetts-based computer software company with a $17.3 billion market capitalization. NUAN delivered a 25.20% return since the beginning of the year, while its 12-month returns are up by 83.39%. The stock closed at $55.18 per share on September 2, 2021.

Here is what Artisan Partners has to say about Nuance Communications, Inc. in its Q2 2021 investor letter:

"We ended our campaign in Nuance Communications. Nuance Communications is a leader in automated voice transcription technologies enabling physicians to document patient encounters more efficiently, accurately and consistently. We believe the company’s DAX product is in the very early stages of its launch with a meaningful profit cycle opportunity ahead. However, the company announced early in Q2 it was being acquired by Microsoft. Thus, we harvested our GardenSM position."

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Based on our calculations, Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) was not able to clinch a spot in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. NUAN was in 72 hedge fund portfolios at the end of the first half of 2021, compared to 57 funds in the previous quarter. Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) delivered a 0.59% return in the past 3 months.

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