Crude futures are in the green this morning after yesterday’s route. All three indexes are also relatively quiet after Thursday’s down and up day.
Among the stocks trending today are Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE:LL), Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX), KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR), and salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM). Let’s find out why each stock is in the spotlight and see what the funds in our database think about them.
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Microsoft Goes Where No Big Tech Company Has Gone Before
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is in the spotlight today after the company announced it is partnering with the cannabis-centric software firm Kind Financial. Kind provides software that helps cannabis growers to track inventory, handle transactions, and remain in compliance with laws. By working with Kind, Microsoft will be the first tech giant to break into the fast growing legal weed sector. The number of funds from our database with holdings in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rose by four quarter-over-quarter to 144 at the end of March.
Lumber Liquidators Settles with CPSC
Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE:LL) shares have jumped after the company settled with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission over the company’s past sales of formaldehyde-laced flooring. Under the terms of the settlement, Lumber Liquidators won’t issue a recall and has agreed not to sell Chinese laminate flooring ever again. The regulator did not find unsafe levels of formaldehyde as some bears thought. Among the funds we track, 14 funds owned $39.7 million of Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE:LL) and accounted for 11.20% of the float on March 31, versus 15 funds and $39.53 million, respectively, on December 31.
On the next page, we examine Barrick Gold Corporation, KKR & Co, and salesforce.com.