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Why Are These Four Stocks Hot on The Market on Wednesday?

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Four stocks jumped into the green territory by midday on November 11 on the back of an Initial Public Offering, the involvement in legal matters, as well as the disclosure of the financial results for the last quarter. Let’s take a closer look at the developments behind the performance of these four stocks, which include Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. (NASDAQ:AAAP), Xerox Corp. (NYSE:XRX), SunOpta Inc. (NASDAQ:STKL), and Glaukos Corp. (NYSE:GKOS). We’ll also look at the sentiment of top hedge funds in our database over these stocks.

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Shares of Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. (NASDAQ:AAAP) surged by 44.38% by midday on Wednesday, a day after pricing its initial public offering of 4,688,000 American Depositary Shares at a price of $16.00 per ADS. The ADSs, which represent 9,376,000 of the company’s ordinary shares, have begun trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market today. The company also granted the underwriters a 30-day over-allotment option to buy up to 703,200 additional ADSs.

Xerox Corp. (NYSE:XRX), which provides business process and document management solutions worldwide, gained 4.11% in light trading. The company inched up the charts Wednesday after the arrest of four people related to a toner cartridge scam, the reported on November 10. The scam was rooted to RBM Imaging, an authorized reseller, which was found to be buying bulk toner from Xerox and reselling the product in an unfair manner. By the end of June, 30 hedge funds in our database held 3.50% of the outstanding stock of Xerox Corp. (NYSE:XRX).

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