Baron Funds, an investment management company, released its “Baron Real Estate Fund” fourth quarter 2023 investor letter. A copy of the same can be downloaded here. The fund had a strong performance in 2023 and generated a gain of 25.04% (Institutional Shares). This is more than double the MSCI US REIT Index (the REIT Index), which rose 12.27% and also outperformed the MSCI USA IMI Extended Real Estate Index’s 23.09% return. In addition, please check the fund’s top five holdings to know its best picks in 2023.
Baron Real Estate Fund featured stocks such as Blackstone Inc. (NYSE:BX) in the fourth quarter 2023 investor letter. Headquartered in New York, New York, Blackstone Inc. (NYSE:BX) is an asset management firm specializing in Real Estate, Private Equity, Credit and Insurance, and Hedge Fund Solutions. On January 22, 2024, Blackstone Inc. (NYSE:BX) stock closed at $120.97 per share. One-month return of Blackstone Inc. (NYSE:BX) was -7.92%, and its shares gained 37.12% of their value over the last 52 weeks. Blackstone Inc. (NYSE:BX) has a market capitalization of $146.317 billion.
Baron Real Estate Fund stated the following regarding Blackstone Inc. (NYSE:BX) in its fourth quarter 2023 investor letter:
“We remain optimistic about the long-term prospects for Blackstone Inc. (NYSE:BX) and Brookfield because we believe both companies are likely to increase market share in a secular growth opportunity for alternative assets.
Institutional allocations to alternative investment assets such as real estate, infrastructure, and private equity are likely to continue to grow significantly in the years ahead because alternatives have a long track record of generating attractive relative and absolute returns with less volatility than several other investment options.
We are bullish on the long-term prospects for Blackstone and Brookfield. Both companies are led by exceptional management teams that attract and retain exceptional talent. They are two of the largest real estate managers in the world with impressive investment track records. Both Blackstone and Brookfield have global franchises, strong brands, and loyal customers.
We believe the shares of both companies are attractively valued and are optimistic about the long-term potential for the Fund’s investments in both companies.”
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Blackstone Inc. (NYSE:BX) is not on our list of 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As per our database, 49 hedge fund portfolios held Blackstone Inc. (NYSE:BX) at the end of third quarter which was 60 in the previous quarter.
We discussed Blackstone Inc. (NYSE:BX) in another article and shared the list of prominent NYSE stocks that hit 52-week highs this week. In addition, please check out our hedge fund investor letters Q4 2023 page for more investor letters from hedge funds and other leading investors.
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