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Here’s Why These Five Stocks Are in Spotlight on Friday

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The US stock market is trading higher on Friday, with NASDAQ registering gains north of 1%, and Dow Jones and S&P 500 up by 0.67% and 0.80%, respectively. Meanwhile, several stocks are trending today in connection with their recently-released financial results for the last quarter, including Deere & Company (NYSE:DE)Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL)Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB)Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT), and Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROST). In this article, we are going to discuss some highlights from these companies’ latest financial results and take a look at some of the largest shareholders that revealed stakes in the latest round of 13F filings.

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Deere & Company (NYSE:DE)’s stock has lost around 5% so far today after the company posted a fiscal second-quarter net income of $1.56 per share, higher than the expected $1.48, while its revenue declined by 3.5% on the year to $7.88 billion and was $1.16 billion above estimates. For the total fiscal 2016, Deere & Company (NYSE:DE)’s said it expects a net income of around $1.2 billion and revenue is anticipated to fall by 9%. For the current quarter, the sales are forecasted to decrease by 9%. “Although our forecast calls for lower results this year in light of ongoing market pressures, Deere is continuing to perform at a much higher level than in previous downturns,” chairman and CEO Samuel R. Allen was quoted as saying in a statement. Among the funds we track, the largest positions in Deere & Company (NYSE:DE)’s were held by Warren Buffett‘s Berkshire Hathaway and David Blood and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management, which reported ownership of 23.28 million shares and 6.06 million shares, as of the end of March, respectively.

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Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL) posted fiscal first-quarter EPS of $1.39, in line with analysts’ estimates, but the revenue of $1.99 billion, though up by 3.6% on the year, missed the estimates by some $10 million. The first-quarter comparable store sales increased by 2.9% and gross margin was unchanged at 35% of sales. During the quarter ended April 30, Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL) opened 32 new stores, closed 19 locations and remodeled or relocated 55 stores, according to a press released. On the back of the revenue miss and comparable store sales growth below the expected 4.5%, Foot Locker’s stock has declined by nearly 7% on Friday. Harris Associates initiated a stake in Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL) during the first quarter, and reported ownership of 6.69 million shares in its latest 13F filing.

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On the following page, we are going to discuss the financial results of the other three companies mentioned at the beginning of this article.

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