Ahead of an important Fed meeting, the markets are in positive territory. On the other hand, US housing sector activity dipped more than expected in the month of August. Market is likely to be impacted by both events.
In this article, we will take a look at five NASDAQ stocks that registered their 52-week-highs on Monday, particularly Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT),Activision Blizzard Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI), Cepheid (NASDAQ:CPHD), NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP), and Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC). Moreover, we are going to assess the hedge fund sentiment towards each of these stocks.
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Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT)’s stock went up to its 52-week high of $30.78 on Monday and closed at $30.30 amid an analyst update from Citigroup, which set its price target on the stock at $37 and reaffirmed its ‘Buy’ rating. The company has recently announced the extension of its research collaboration with the Centre of Excellence in Advanced Packaging in Singapore, which will remain active for five more years. Their joint work will deal with Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging, which is an important technology in the semiconductor industry and it helps to reduce the size of chips and other devices. Among the funds we track, 47 funds held $1.8 billion worth of Applied Materials ‘s stock in aggregate at the end of June, having amassed 6.90% of its outstanding stock, compared to 39 investors that held $963 million worth of shares a quarter earlier.
Activision Blizzard Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI)’s stock also touched its 52-week high of $44.84 on Monday. Recently, the company has announced the release of next installment of its highly-anticipated action shooter game Destiny. The number of funds from our database long Activision Blizzard stood at 68 at the end of the second quarter, while the total value of their holdings amounted to at $4.10 billion, which is significantly higher than $2.19 billion held by 52 funds at the end of the previous quarter.