The markets are somewhat choppy today, as the Nasdaq is slightly in the red, while the S&P and Dow are comfortably in the green. Among the noteworthy news that traders are digesting this morning is the surprising decline in new home starts in the U.S, though permits jumped higher than expected.
The markets are also being affected by several individual stocks that are moving the markets today, including Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:TSM), Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH), Imperva Inc. (NYSE:IMPV), Banc of California Inc. (NYSE:BANC) and BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT). In this article, we’ll discuss the news behind these stocks and see how hedge funds have been trading them lately.
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Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:TSM) stock is trading marginally higher after reports emerged that QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) may switch production of follow-on orders for its Snapdragon 830 chips to the company, as Samsung struggles to keep up with the demand. It was also reported today that Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:TSM) will purchase machinery equipment worth T$3.7 billion ($120 million) from Applied Materials South East Asia Pte. Ltd. and Keysight Technologies Singapore (Sales) Pte. Ltd. Among the funds that we track, 26 funds held $2 billion worth of Taiwan Semiconductor’s stock at the end of June, having amassed 1.5% of its outstanding stock.
Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH) is trading up by 2.37% after the company announced better than expected results for its third quarter. Its net income for the quarter stood at $0.73 per share, beating the consensus estimate of $0.68. Amphenol’s revenue of $1.64 billion also surpassed the Street’s forecast of $1.57 billion. The company expects its full year earnings to be in the range of $2.68-to-$2.70 per share. The number of funds from within our hedge fund database long Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH) stood at 19 as of June 30.
We’ll check out the latest on three more market movers on the next page.