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Trending Stocks: Xerox, LyondellBasell, Enbridge, and 2 More

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U.S. stock futures are flat this morning following a decline in crude prices over worries surrounding renewed oversupply. Investors are also digging into the latest quarterly earnings from several companies and awaiting a report from the U.S. Commerce Department concerning economic health. Among the stocks making moves this morning are Xerox Corp (NYSE:XRX), LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB), Enbridge Inc (NYSE:ENB), Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX), and  Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Let’s see what’s happening with these stocks and check out hedge fund sentiment towards them.

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Xerox Beats Estimates

Xerox Corp (NYSE:XRX) is in the spotlight today after the company beat analysts’ forecasts for its second quarter earnings. The Connecticut-based company posted EPS of $0.30, topping the consensus estimate of $0.25. Sales for the quarter totaled $4.40 billion, narrowly eclipsing the consensus mark of $4.39 billion. For the full 2016 fiscal year, Xerox expects EPS of $1.10-to-$1.20. The company said it is making progress towards splitting its business into two separate publicly-traded companies. Xerox CEO Ursula Burns said that the company’s services segment delivered significant margins and that revenue is growing in document outsourcing. A total of 29 hedge funds in our database were long Xerox Corp (NYSE:XRX) at the end of the first quarter.

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LyondellBasell Misses Estimates

LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB) is over 6% in the red in morning trading after the company’s second quarter results missed analysts’ expectations. The chemical company had adjusted earnings of $2.45 per share, beneath the Street’s expectation of $2.54 per share. Revenue for the quarter came in at $7.33 billion, well below estimates of $7.76 billion. 54 hedge funds in our system held stakes in LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB) at the end of March.

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On the next page we’ll discuss the results out of Enbridge, Phillips 66, and Merck & Co.

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