Although the three major indexes are only up modestly as investors remain cautious in light of Alcoa’s soft earnings report yesterday, shares of five companies are bucking the trend and making big upward moves today.
In this article, we’ll analyze why traders are piling into InspireMD Inc (NYSEMKT:NSPR), SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY), Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HAWK), VOXX International Corp (NASDAQ:VOXX), and Sprint Corp (NYSE:S) this morning and use the latest 13F filings to check hedge fund sentiment towards each of these names.
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Technical trading is alive and well today, as shares of nano-cap InspireMD Inc (NYSEMKT:NSPR) have surged by over 30% in morning trading on the back of no fundamental news. Making today’s momentum speculation possible was a 1-for-25 reverse stock split on Monday to push the stock above the $1 per share mark. Those shares have since soared by 57% to $3.18. According to our data, not many hedge funds held shares of InspireMD at the end of the second quarter. Of the 749 hedge funds that we track which filed 13Fs for the June quarter, just two were long InspireMD Inc (NYSEMKT:NSPR) on June 30, owning just $66,000 worth of its shares, well down from four funds with $467,000 in InspireMD holdings on March 31.
SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) shares are 2% in the green after Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) set a special meeting for November 17, so that its shareholders can vote on the merger between it and SolarCity. Although many analysts and investors don’t like the deal, the market isn’t ruling out an approval. Shares of SolarCity trade for around $19.74 per share, not far from the $22.22 per share figure that the deal would currently pay shareholders should Tesla receive approval to buy the company (the deal’s terms stipulate that each SolarCity share will be bought with 0.11 Tesla shares, which are currently trading for around $202). 26 funds that we track were long SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) at the end of the second quarter, up by three funds quarter-over-quarter.
On the next page we’ll find out why Blackhawk Network Holdings, VOXX International, and Sprint are surging today.