Wall Street is quiet today after the Federal Reserve’s Wednesday decision of keeping interest rates the same. All three major index futures are moderately higher while crude is up around 1%.
In this article, we take a look at why five stocks: Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD), AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO), Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN), WCI Communities Inc (NYSE:WCIC), and Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:SRPT) are in the spotlight today. In addition, we will assess the hedge fund sentiment towards each stock, based on data from the last round of 13F filings.
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Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) earned $0.03 per share on revenues of $8.03 billion in its fiscal second quarter, versus estimates of $0.03 in EPS and revenue of $8.09 billion. Revenues rose by 4.8% year-over-year while adjusted EBITDA amounted to $312.7 million, down from $346.8 million reported for the same period last year. Although Rite Aid’s revenues missed the consensus, shares of the company don’t show significant action in pre-market due to the chain’s pending merger with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), which if approved will net Rite Aid shareholders $9 in cash for each share they own. David Einhorn‘s Greenlight Capital established a new position containing 10.33 million shares in Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) in the second quarter.
AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) is in the spotlight after reporting mixed results for its fiscal fourth quarter. During the quarter, AutoZone earned $14.30 per share on revenue of $3.4 billion, beating the bottom-line consensus estimate by $0.04 per share, but missing top-line expectations by $30 million. Total revenue appreciated by 3.3% year-over-year as domestic same-store sales inched up 1%. For the full fiscal year, AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) posted earnings of $40.70 per share on sales of $10.6 billion, up 13% and 4.4% year-over-year, respectively. Of the around 749 funds that we track, 41 funds owned shares of AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) at the end of June, down by five funds from the previous quarter.
On the next page, we take a closer look at Lennar Corporation, WCI Communities, and Sarepta Therapeutics.