While the markets ended the week on a quiet note, as both the S&P and Nasdaq were relatively unchanged, Bonanza Creek Energy Inc (NYSE:BCEI), Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSII), QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM), Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI), and Sprint Corp (NYSE:S) are attracting substantial attention this weekend.
In this article, we’ll examine the news that has propelled these stocks into the spotlight and check in with the smart money to see what some of the world’s most successful money managers think of each stock.
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Bonanza Creek Energy Inc (NYSE:BCEI) shares fell in after-hours trading on Friday after the company disclosed that it won’t make the interest payment due on October 15, 2016 with respect to its $500 million 6.75% senior notes due 2021. By not making the payment, Bonanza will enter into a 30-day grace period during which it retains the right to pay the interest. Bonanza experienced a similar situation before which culminated with the company making its interest payment during the grace period. In a regulatory filing, Bonanza also said that it has enough cash on hand to make the interest rate payment. It is unclear whether Bonanza is just buying time again, or if it actually wants to default after the grace period. Of the 749 hedge funds that we track which filed 13Fs for the June quarter, 12 owned shares of Bonanza Creek Energy Inc (NYSE:BCEI) at the end of June.
Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSII) shares surged in extended-market trading after Dealreporter revealed that sources say Quality Systems has hired investment bank UBS to explore a possible sale. The same sources said that Quality Systems’ management presented slideshows on the company’s specs for various potential strategic buyers and financiers. 13 funds in our system were long $27.24 million in Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSII) holdings at the end of June, which accounted for 3.80% of the float.
On the next page we’ll analyze why QUALCOMM, Baker Hughes, and Sprint are garnering attention this weekend.