Baron Discovery Fund recently published its second-quarter commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the second quarter of 2021, the Baron Discovery Fund returned 6.07% (institutional shares). In comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 Index was up 8.55%, while the Russell 2000 Growth Index was up 3.92%. You should check out Baron Discovery Fund’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of 2021.
In the Q2 2021 Investor Letter, the fund highlighted a few stocks and Purple Innovation Inc. (NASDAQ:PRPL) is one of them. Purple Innovation Inc. (NASDAQ:PRPL) designs and manufactures mattresses, pillows, and cushions. In the last three months, Purple Innovation Inc. (NASDAQ:PRPL) stock lost 17%. Here is what the fund said:
"We sold our position in Purple Innovation, Inc. after the company lowered guidance when an employee lost her life in an industrial accident at the Grantsville, Utah mattress manufacturing plant. The company is completing an internal investigation but, in the meantime, has slowed production to implement better safety measures. While we think the company eventually will be able to work through any required changes in manufacturing processes to increase safety, we felt there was enough uncertainty to exit the position until we had more information on what happened and how future safety incidents could be addressed."
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In December 2020, we shared Baron Discovery Fund PRPL’s thesis in this article.
In Q1 2021, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Purple Innovation Inc. (NASDAQ:PRPL) stock decreased by about 27% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don't believe in PRPL's growth potential. Our calculations showed that Purple Innovation Inc. (NASDAQ:PRPL) isn't ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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