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Tesla, TerraForm, and Johnson & Johnson Among the Biggest Weekend Newsmakers

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With another quarter almost in the rear-view mirror, many investors are adjusting their portfolios in reaction to the latest news. Of all the potential headlines this week, none is more important than the Fed’s interest rate decision on September 20-21. Rest assured, Insider Monkey will be covering the Fed news and all the associated smart money commentary stemming from it the moment it happens.

In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at five stocks that are making some waves this weekend, which are Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), TerraForm Global Inc (NASDAQ:GLBL), Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), and Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY). We’ll also use the latest regulatory filing data to see how the smart money is positioned in the five equities.

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M&A in the drug sector is alive and well, as Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) recently agreed to buy Abbott Medical Optics from Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) for $4.325 billion in cash. The acquired division, which produces ophthalmic products for cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery, and consumer eye health, brought in around $1.1 billion in revenue in 2015. Company Group Chairman Ashley McEvoy said:

“With the acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics’ strong and differentiated surgical ophthalmic portfolio, coupled with our world-leading ACUVUE® contact lens business, we will become a more broad-based leader in vision care. Importantly, with this acquisition we will enter cataract surgery – one of the most commonly performed surgeries and the number one cause of preventable blindness.”

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017 and would be modestly accretive to adjusted EPS immediately. Ken Fisher‘s Fisher Asset Management reported holding a stake of over 10.8 million shares in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) as of the end of the second quarter, 1% smaller than the number of shares it held the end of the first quarter.

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Meanwhile, the smart money tracked by Insider Monkey was growing more optimistic on Abbott from March 31 to June 30. According to our data from 749 13F-filing hedge funds, 47 had a long position in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) at the end of the second quarter, up by five quarter-over-quarter.

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Traders are talking about TerraForm Global Inc (NASDAQ:GLBL) after the company provided its preliminary fiscal second quarter 2016 results. For the time period, the company sees production of 605 GWh, revenue of $52 million-to-$56 million, adjusted EBITDA of $40 million-to-$46 million and CAFD of $18 million-to-$24 million. Not many funds in our system were long TerraForm Global at the end of the second quarter, as just 16 owned shares of TerraForm Global Inc (NASDAQ:GLBL) at the end of June, down by seven funds from the end of March.

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On the next page, we’ll take a closer look at the latest in the ongoing spat between Tesla and Mobileye.

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