Fading chances of a rate hike soothed the market sentiment on Wednesday. Some important stocks which are making headlines today, include Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO), Panera Bread Co (NASDAQ:PNRA), Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:VNDA), and Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARNA). Let’s see why these stocks are on the move today and what the funds we track think about them.
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Vornado Realty Trust To Split Off Washington Business
Investors are watching Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO) closely today after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is set to split off its Washington-area offices and apartments into a separate company. Last week, Vornado’s CEO Steven Roth said in an industry conference that the company would perform better if split off than combined. But Mr. Roth clarified that no decision about this “deconglomeration” has been made. The New York-based real estate company split off its strip-mall business into a separate retail company, Urban Edge Properties, in 2015. The source said that Vornado’s plan of simplification was started in order to heal its lagging stock price, which is still behind its major competitors. This would be a primary reason behind Vornado’s split off of its Washington business. Out of nearly 766 funds tracked by us, 22 hedge funds were long Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO) as of the end of the first quarter of 2016. Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management owns 772,214 shares of the company.
Panera Bread Kicks Out Junk Food
Panera Bread Co (NASDAQ:PNRA) has announced plans to remove all artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives and colors from its grocery store product line Panera at Home. In a statement, Panera Bread’s CEO Ron Shaich said that the company adheres to its plans of delivering cleaner and fresher food to its customers. Panera at Home business is worth $150 million. As of the end of March, 26 hedge funds we track amassed approximately $451.5 million worth Panera Bread Co (NASDAQ:PNRA)’s stock. James Crichton’s Hitchwood Capital Management has 525,000 shares of the company.
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