All three major index futures and crude are in the green again after the Federal Reserve decided to keep interest rates the same on Wednesday.
In this article, we find out why investors are buzzing about five stocks that are trending due to various events, Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS), Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB), TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ:TASR), Sturm, Ruger & Company (NYSE:RGR), and Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (NASDAQ:SWHC) and we use publicly available 13F data to see how elite funds are positioned in each.
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Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) is in the spotlight after CEO Bob Iger hinted that the next Star Wars film, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, won’t bring as much in box office receipts as ‘The Force Awakens’, which did around $2.1 billion globally. However, Iger pointed out that “the level of interest is as high as it was for Force Awakens”. Additionally, Disney is in the headlines for saying that the company’s EPSN division will focus more on digital/mobile going forward. Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) owns a ‘treasure trove’ of digital rights to various popular sports that it hasn’t currently fully monetized yet. The added digital revenues could potentially help offset some of ESPN’s cable losses as more customers become cord cutters. Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management owned 8.67 million shares of Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) at the end of June, up 1% quarter-over-quarter.
Although it might have shut down parts of its operations in Venezuela earlier in the year (due to the lack of prompt payments for its services), it looks like Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB) won’t be leaving the South American country completely just yet. The leading oil service company just won a major project in the country’s Orinoco Belt to drill around 80 wells. Although the terms of the deal aren’t finalized yet, the project will likely number in the hundreds of millions, as PdVSA, the state firm that awarded the contract, has said that drilling 480 wells in the belt will net around $3.2 billion. Given its poor state finances and the low crude prices, Venezuela needs as much foreign help as it can get to boost its cash flow. Schlumberger bulls hope the company will be paid more promptly for its services for the new project. The number of funds from our database with holdings in Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB) fell by one quarter-over-quarter to 55 at the end of June.
On the next page, we examine TASER International, Sturm Ruger & Company, and Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.