Bull sentiment dominated the markets during the first two trading sessions of the week, thanks to growing optimism about economic growth in the U.S after a strong jobs report, as well as receding political volatility in the U.K. In the midst of this positive sentiment, several major stocks hit their 52-week highs on Tuesday.
The list includes Allstate Corp (NYSE:ALL), Baxter International Inc (NYSE:BAX), Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE:BMY), CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS), Cabelas Inc (NYSE:CAB), Coach Inc (NYSE:COH), Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW), and Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). Let’s check out the performance of these stocks and see how the hedge funds in our database have been trading some of them.
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Shares of Allstate Corp (NYSE:ALL) reached a new 52-week high after hitting $70.38 on Tuesday. The Illinois-based insurance company has given back some of those gains today, falling back under the $70 mark. Allstate announced the promotion of Patrick Macellaro to President of Encompass Insurance today, one of Allstate’s subsidiaries.
Baxter International Inc (NYSE:BAX) hit a new one-year high of $47.13 in trading on Tuesday. Shares touched $47.22 today, but have since slid back to $46.99. 16.30% of Baxter’s outstanding shares were held by the hedge funds in our database as of March 31.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE:BMY) reached a new 52-week high on Tuesday, hitting $76.55, and has pushed that to $76.89. The company’s stock was recently given a ‘Buy’ rating from Goldman Sachs. Earlier this month, Bristol-Myers announced the acquisition of privately-held Cormorant Pharmaceuticals.
CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) hit its 52-week high of $58.15 on Tuesday. The media company recently revealed its plans to spin-off its radio unit as a publicly-traded company. CBS shares have gained 22% this year.
Move to the next page where we discuss six more stocks that hit new highs yesterday.