The latest API inventory data is in, and U.S. inventories likely increased by 1.4 million barrels last week according to the firm’s data. Although inventories increased, the number is still better than the average estimate of a rise of 4 million barrels. Traders are now eagerly anticipating the EIA’s report for confirmation.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at five stocks that traders are also eagerly monitoring and use the latest 13F data to see how hedge funds are positioned in them. Those stocks are Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE:FCX), Crown Castle International Corp (NYSE:CCI), American Tower Corp (NYSE:AMT), American Electric Power Company Inc (NYSE:AEP), and Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ:CALD).
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Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE:FCX) is on many traders’ watchlist after somewhat mixed analyst/investor commentary concerning the company’s recent sale of its deepwater assets in the Gulf of Mexico for $2 billion. On one hand, the deal won the approval of Carl Icahn, whose Icahn Capital LP owned 104 million shares of Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE:FCX) at the end of June. Icahn said the following about the deal:
“[the] announcement demonstrates the Company is making good on its stated goal of deleveraging and is on track to cut its net debt by half, from year end 2015 through the end of next year, at current copper prices.”
On the other hand, analysts at Deutsche Bank thought Freeport-McMoRan could have potentially gotten more for the assets, as they estimated that they could have been worth up to $2.9 billion. In conjunction with the statement, Deutsche Bank trimmed its price target on the company’s stock to $12 from $12.50.
Crown Castle International Corp (NYSE:CCI) and American Tower Corp (NYSE:AMT) are in the spotlight after analysts at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey initiated ‘Buy’ ratings on both stocks. The analysts are bullish due to the belief that wireless competition will increase capital spending in the industry, which could in turn translate into potentially faster-than-expected growth for both companies. In addition, the analysts noted a number of potential catalyst growth drivers such as 5G trails, FirstNet, and new spectrum deployments/re-farming that could accelerate growth for the sector as a whole. SunTrust has a $107 price target on Crown Castle and a $128 price target on American Tower. Shares of the companies currently change hands at $91.40 and $108.71 respectively.
Of the 749 hedge funds that we track which filed 13Fs for the June quarter, 44 owned shares of Crown Castle International Corp (NYSE:CCI) on June 30, while 49 had a long position in American Tower Corp (NYSE:AMT). The hedge funds in our system owned a little over 6% of each company’s float.
On the next page, we’ll examine why American Electric Power Company and Callidus Software are trending this morning.