All three index futures are in the green as traders await the Fed’s upcoming interest rate decision later today. If rates remain low, the U.S. and global economy have a chance to grow faster than the recent dour expectations set by analysts. Among the stocks trending amid the ‘wait-and-see’ environment are Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE:BBY), Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG), Kamada Ltd (NASDAQ:KMDA), Shire PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ:SHPG), and Carbylan Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:CBYL). Let’s find out why each stock is in the spotlight and see how hedge funds and other investors we track are positioned towards them.
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Analysts Give the Thumbs Down to Best Buy
Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE:BBY)’s stock opened lower by has regained the losses since the opening bell and is currently slightly in green after analysts at Credit Suisse downgraded the stock to ‘Neutral’ from ‘Outperform’ and trimmed their price target to $31 from $36.5 per share.The analysts worry that Best Buy’s same-store sales could slide into negative territory in the second half of the year as the company faces, ‘ a more difficult battle between controllable vs. uncontrollable factors this year’. Among the funds we track, 28 funds had long positions in Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE:BBY), as of the end of March.
More Buybacks at Celgene
Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG)’s stock has inched up after the company’s board of directors authorized a buyback program, worth an additional $3 billion effective immediately. The additional buyback authorization brings the total buyback authorization to $5.3 billion, or 6.7% of Celgene’s float at current prices. A total of 61 hedge funds and other institutional investors tracked by Insider Monkey are bullish on Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) as of the end of March, down by three funds from the previous quarter.
On the next page, we examine Kamada, Shire, and Carbylan Therapeutics.