Crude futures are in the green this morning after Iran said that it welcomed “any move aimed at market stability and improvement of oil prices based on justice, fairness and fair quota of all the oil producers.” In addition, the three main index futures are also higher as traders look forward to this week’s FOMC meeting.
In this article, we`ll examine five stocks that are trending, which are Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX), Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL), and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD), and use the latest regulatory filings to see how top hedge funds traded them in the second quarter.
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Although it has long since eclipsed many traditional content producers in terms of market cap, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is also now challenging the traditional Hollywood paradigm in terms of talent. According to the Wall Street Journal, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX) sued Netflix on Friday for illegally hiring two of its top managers, saying that the internet streamer has intentionally executed a “brazen campaign to unlawfully target, recruit, and poach valuable Fox executives by illegally inducing them to break their employment contracts with Fox to work at Netflix.” Netflix has responded by saying that it does not believe Fox’s use of its fixed-term contracts in the manner used for the two executives are enforceable. Given that Netflix is getting more and more into the content game (having spent billions last year to create hit shows to retain users and attract new ones), traditional Hollywood studios will likely continue to try and make life difficult on Netflix as much as possible.
Donald Yacktman‘s Yacktman Asset Management owned over 40 million shares in Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX) on June 30, down by 1% from the end of March. Meanwhile, the smart money was growing a little less bullish on Netflix in terms of the number of funds in our system long the stock. Of the 749 hedge funds that we track which filed 13Fs for the June quarter, 54 were bullish on Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) at the end of June, down by ten quarter-over-quarter.
On the next page, we’ll examine the latest on Pfizer, Centurylink, and McDonald’s.