Crude futures are in the red today as traders take profits from yesterday’s sizable jump. Despite the selling, WTI futures are still above the critical $50 per barrel mark.
Among the stocks in the spotlight today are Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI), DragonWave, Inc.(USA) (NASDAQ:DRWI), DXP Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:DXPE), and Select Comfort Corp. (NASDAQ:SCSS). Let’s take a closer look at the various reasons traders are watching each equity today and analyze relevant smart money sentiment towards each of the stocks.
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Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is in the spotlight after the company announced that all Tesla cars being produced now have full self-driving hardware. That includes the Model 3, which will be Tesla’s first mass-market car, and vital to the company’s overall success. According to Tesla, all vehicles will have eight surround cameras, twelve updated ultrasonic sensors, forward-facing radar, and a powerful no-board computer to process all of the hardware information. Despite the news, Tesla shares are 2.35% in the red this morning, as the market was apparently expecting a different kind of product announcement from Elon Musk and Co., who had hyped up (and even delayed) the announcement in prior days. Of the 749 hedge funds that we track which filed 13Fs for the June quarter, 36 owned $1.13 billion worth of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) positions as of the end of June, compared to 39 funds with $1.08 billion in holdings on March 31.
Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI) is in the green today despite reporting a soft third quarter. For the three months, Kinder lost $0.10 per share on revenue of $3.33 billion, missing the consensus estimates widely, by $0.26 and $120 million respectively. Sales fell by 10.2% year-over-year as natural gas transport volumes inched lower by 1% year-over-year and combined gross oil production volumes dropped by 6%. Meanwhile, DCF for the period came in at $0.48 per share, or almost four-times higher than the company’s $0.125 per share quarterly dividend. Despite the soft headline quarterly numbers, traders took solace in the fact that the company is ahead of its plan for 2016 year-end leverage of 5.5-times (by around 0.2-times) and that its management is confident that the company can reach the targeted leverage level of around 5-times debt-to-adjusted EBITDA. The debt reduction reduces Kinder’s long-term risk, and is likely one reason why Kinder is higher this morning. Warren Buffett‘s Berkshire Hathaway owned 26.53 million shares in Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI) at the end of June.
On the next page we’ll examine the trending news concerning DragonWave, DXP Enterprises, and Select Comfort.