All three indexes are now in the red as some traders take profit from the market’s run-up since the Brexit, while others remain cautious given the state of the global economy. In this article we’ll take a closer look at five stocks in the spotlight on Tuesday, which are Sanchez Energy Corp (NYSE:SN), Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE:GFI), Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU), Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), and ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ:ZIOP). We’ll also dig into SEC filings to see what the smart money thinks of them.
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Sanchez Releases Second Quarter Operating Results
Sanchez Energy Corp (NYSE:SN) shares are 1.2% in the green today after the company released solid second quarter operating results. For the period, Sanchez produced an average of 55,900 BOE per day, exceeding the high-end of the company’s guidance for the quarter. The company’s average cost per well was $3.3 million, with the results of some wells coming in below $3 million. Overall, Sanchez spud 17 net wells and completed 17 net wells during the quarter. Eight funds in our database had a bullish position in Sanchez Energy Corp (NYSE:SN) at the end of the first quarter, down by five funds from the close of the previous quarter.
Gold Fields Higher on Guidance
Despite gold futures being flat, Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE:GFI) has rallied by almost 2% today on the back of updated guidance. According to a press release, Gold Fields Limited expects EPS for the six months ended June 30 to be $0.14, with normalized earnings per share for the period to be $0.13. Both numbers are considerably higher than last year’s due to higher gold prices, lower net operating costs in local currencies, and weaker exchange rates. Total attributable gold equivalent production is expected to be 529koz for the second quarter, with all-in costs of $1,061 per ounce. Of the 766 active funds that we track, there were 21 with positions in Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE:GFI) on March 31, owning $418.25 million worth of shares which accounted for 13.70% of the stock’s float.
On the next page we’ll find out why Kansas City Southern, Twitter, and ZIOPHARM Oncology are moving today.