It’s a hectic day on Wall Street, as several mergers have been announced, in addition to a bullish EIA report that showed falling oil inventory, plus the announcement that the European Central Bank will leave interest rates unchanged.
In this article we’ll cover one of those merger announcements, between Apigee Corp (NASDAQ:APIC) and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), as well as take a look at three other stocks that are on the move today in Verint Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:VRNT), Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), and Energous Corp (NASDAQ:WATT). We’ll also see how successful hedge funds have been trading these stocks lately.
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Let’s start with Energous Corp (NASDAQ:WATT), which has slid by 10% today after sinking by nearly 11% yesterday. After a massive run-up through September 6 that saw its shares more than double this year in the wake of speculation that Energous’ wireless charging technology could be used by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) for its iPhone 7, shares have been hit with icy reality in the wake of Apple’s iPhone 7 reveal, as that speculation proved to be erroneous. Without the monster Apple announcement that some stock pitchers were claiming would send Energous shares through the roof, the company is left a wireless products arsenal that has two yet-to-be-approved products that won’t be released until at least 2017. Energous Corp (NASDAQ:WATT) was held by just two of the hedge funds in our database on June 30, down from four a quarter earlier.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is 2.83% in the red today, clawing its way back from a deeper loss this morning following the release of the bookseller’s first quarter results for its 2017 fiscal year. For the quarter ended July 30, B&K’s loss narrowed to $0.20 per share, a big improvement over the $0.69 that it lost for the same quarter of its previous fiscal year. However, sales slumped by 6.6% year-over-year, coming in at $913.9 million. B&K was also forced to cut its full fiscal year comparable-store sales guidance after a weak quarter on that front. Nook sales did not pick up any of the retail slack, crumbling by 24.5% to $41 million. David Abrams‘ Abrams Capital Management is a big believer in Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), owning 10.42 million shares of the company on June 30, which ranked it as the fund’s sixth-most valuable holding.
We’ll see what’s up with Verint Systems and Alphabet’s purchase of Apigee on the next page.