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Why Apple, Southwest Airlines, Polycom, And More Are Making Headlines Today

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While global markets are bearish this morning on concerns over the world economy after the World Bank cut its 2016 global growth forecast to 2.4% from 2.9%, U.S stocks are up on positive sentiment about the country’s economy. Several stocks are making headlines today, including Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Polycom Inc (NASDAQ:PLCM), Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV), Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLAY), and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc (NYSE:JEC). Let’s see why these stocks are in the spotlight today and analyze what the hedge funds in our database think of them.

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Apple Raises $1.38 Billion

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is up moderately this morning, pushing its gains to 1.5% this week. Among other news bites, Reuters reported that Apple has raised $1.38 billion from its first bond sale in Taiwan. Apple’s sale of the 30-year bond will list on June 22. The source added that Apple priced the bond at a yield of 4.15%, below the indicative range of 4.2% to 4.3%.

As of the end of first quarter 2016, 152 hedge funds in our system were long Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), owning approximately $14.8 billion worth of its shares. Billionaire Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management has the biggest stake among those investors, with ownership of more than 11 million shares.

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Polycom Receives Revised Buyout Offer

Polycom Inc (NASDAQ:PLCM)’s stock has gained more than 2% in morning trading after the company revealed that it has received a revised buyout offer from a potential suitor that had previously submitted a bid. Polycom has already agreed to be bought by Canadian telecommunications company Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ:MITL) in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $11.96 per share as of Tuesday’s close. The latest offer by the unidentified private equity firm has valued the California-based video conferencing equipment maker at $12.25 per share.

Out of 766 active funds in our database, 22 were shareholders of Polycom Inc (NASDAQ:PLCM) as of the end of March. Paul Singer’s Elliott Management owns more than $8.8 million worth of the company’s shares.

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Head to the next page to see why Southwest Airlines, Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, and Jacobs Engineering are making moves today.

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