The markets are buoyant today after a report showcased a rise in US Consumer Confidence. The consumer confidence index touched its highest level in the past nine years at 104.1, up from 101.8 in August. Last night’s Presidential debate also provided a much needed boost to the market, with Hillary Clinton being declared the winner by many sources. The indices were also helped by individual stocks making strong upward moves today.
Some of the stocks impacting the markets positively today are ProNAi Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:DNAI), Ballard Power Systems Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:BLDP), Inventergy Global Inc. (NASDAQ:INVT), Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ARRY), and EndoChoice Holdings Inc. (NYSE:GI). In this article we’ll take a look at the news driving the prices of these stocks higher and see what hedge funds think of them.
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ProNAi Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:DNAI) today announced that it has licensed Oncology drug PNT737 from CRT Pioneer Fund, UK. The license gives the company exclusive rights to develop and commercialize the drug. PNT737, a selective checkpoint inhibitor, is currently in Phase 1 Clinical Trails. Under the terms of the deal, ProNAi Therapeutics will pay a $7 million upfront payment, as well as up to another $2 million, subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions. Shares jumped this morning on the news but have come back to earth since, being up by 0.53% this afternoon. Among the funds that we track, nine were long ProNAi Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:DNAI) at the end of June, having amassed 18.10% of its outstanding stock.
Ballard Power Systems Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:BLDP) yesterday announced a new collaboration between it, Volkswagen Group, and Audi. The company has received purchase orders from Audi to accelerate certain key development activities under its ongoing Technology Solutions program with Volkswagen, with runs through early-2019. The companies’ HyMotion program is focused on the development of next-gen fuel cell stacks. The number of funds in our database long Ballard Power Systems Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:BLDP) stood at two on June 30, unchanged over the second quarter. Those funds held just 0.10% of Ballard’s float.
Three more major market movers are discussed on the next page.