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Here’s Why Baron Funds Became Bullish in Bio-Techne Corp. (TECH)

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Baron Funds, an asset management firm, published its “Baron Growth Fund” first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 0.94% was delivered by the fund’s institutional shares for the Q1 of 2021, trailing its primary benchmark, the Russell 2000 Growth Index, that rose to 4.88% and the S&P 500 Index that delivered a 6.17% return for the same period. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Baron Growth Fund, in its Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned Bio-Techne Corporation (NASDAQ: TECH), and shared their insights on the company. Bio-Techne Corporation is a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based biotechnology company that currently has a $15.9 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, TECH delivered a 28.76% return, extending its 12-month gains to 56.16%. As of May 12, 2021, the stock closed at $408.88 per share.

Here is what Baron Growth Fund has to say about Bio-Techne Corporation in its Q1 2021 investor letter:

"While the market was focused on cyclical stocks during the quarter, we remain excited about the sustainable growth prospects of our secular-growth oriented portfolio over our five-year investment horizon. We believe that end market conditions are improving for almost all our investments, most notably for those that did not benefit from a COVID-driven tailwind last year. Bio-Techne Corporation will benefit from the reopening of research laboratories, which should reaccelerate demand for its portfolio of proteins and antigens."

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Our calculations show that Bio-Techne Corporation (NASDAQ: TECH) 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, Bio-Techne Corporation was in 24 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 30 funds in the third quarter. TECH delivered a 4.76% return in the past 3 months.

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