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Here’s Why These Five Stocks Are on the Move

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It’s a red day on Wall Street as crude futures have retreated another 2% to trade just above $43 per barrel and the Dow Jones index is down over 100 points.
Among the stocks on the move are Silicom Ltd. (NASDAQ:SILC), Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU), Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc (NYSE:SC), Tobira Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:TBRA), and Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL). Without further ado, let’s dig into why each stock is trending today and see what the investors from our database think about them.

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Silicom Surges on Earnings Beat

Silicom Ltd. (NASDAQ:SILC) shares have rallied by 12% today after the tech company reported excellent second-quarter results. During the quarter, the company earned $0.63 per share on sales of $26 million, compared to revenue of $17.1 million and earnings of $0.40 per diluted share reported for the second quarter of 2015. Demand was strong in the target markets of cyber security, cloud and SDN, while management is optimistic given the company’s solid pipeline. During the first quarter, the number of funds with holdings in Silicom Ltd. (NASDAQ:SILC) rose by two to five.

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Micron Rises on New Shareholder Rights Plan

Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) is in the spotlight after the company adopted a ‘poison pill’ plan on Friday. For those interested, the exact details about the new ownership limitations can be found here. Although there is no overt buyer, some traders are evidently speculating that management wouldn’t have adopted the pill if there weren’t parties potentially interested. Tsinghua Unigroup was interested in Micron last year, but many investors didn’t think the deal would have gotten regulatory approval due to national security reasons. The number of investors from our database with holdings in Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) fell by 13 quarter-over-quarter to 51 at the end of March.

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On the next page, we find out why traders are buying or selling Santander Consumer USA Holdings, Tobira Therapeutics, and Whiting Petroleum Corp.

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