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Here’s Why McCormick & Company, Vale SA, and Three Other Stocks Are on Investors’ Radars Today

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After a sharp fall yesterday, the US stock market is recovering today and three major indexes are well in the green. Crude futures, meanwhile, have rallied back after falling more than 1.2% in the red.

Meanwhile, five stocks, McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE:MKC), Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE), Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) are trending on the back of different developments. Let’s take a closer look at the news surrounding these stocks and see what the smart money investors from our database think about them.

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McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE:MKC) is trending after the company reported fiscal third quarter earnings of $1.03 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion. That positively compares to analyst estimates of a net income of $0.94 per share and sales of $1.09 billion. Overall sales rose by 2.8% year-over-year while the company’s adjusted operating margin inched up 130 basis points to 15.8%. McCormick & Company’s management expects fiscal 2016 adjusted EPS between $3.75 and $3.79 and sales to rise by around 3%. Ken Griffin‘s Citadel Investment Group established a new position of 112,841 shares of McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE:MKC) during the second quarter.

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Traders are watching Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE) and Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) after Reuters reported that the former intends to strike a strategic partnership for its fertilizer segment and that Vale’s board did not discuss a potential sale of its fertilizers unit during a Thursday meeting. That is in direct contrast to some reports from local newspapers, which said that a sale of the fertilizer segment would be approved at that meeting. Mosaic has held talks about potentially buying a big piece of Vale’s fertilizer business in the past. A total of 19 funds tracked by Insider Monkey amassed 4.10% of Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS)’s float and 24 funds held around 1% of Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE)’s float on June 30.

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Click next to see why  Yahoo and Verizon Communications are trending.

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