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Why Chesapeake, Wal-Mart Stores, Amazon, UPS, and FedEx Are in Spotlight Today

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Traders are awaiting today’s EIA report after yesterday’s API data showed that inventories falling 0.75 million barrels last week versus expectations of a 2.5 million barrel increase.

In this article, we analyze why investors talking about five stocks, Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS), and FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX). We also find out how the smart money investors in our database of 749 funds feel about these stocks.

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Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) shares are trending after Carl Icahn’s Icahn Capital LP filed to sell another 15 million shares of the company (according to a Form 144), with UBS being the book runner. Icahn had previously pared his stake by 37.7 million shares to 35.3 million shares in a move that Icahn termed as for ‘tax planning’ purposes. According to our database, 31 funds owned shares of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) at the end of June, unchanged from the previous quarter.

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Traders are talking about Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) after Financial Times reported that the retailing giant is in preliminary talks for potentially buying a stake in Flipkart, which is, in many ways, an Indian version of Amazon.com. If it buys a stake, Wal-Mart would be beefing up its e-commerce presence abroad and would take the battle with Amazon.com to India as well. Wal-Mart previously shelled out over $3 billion to buy e-commerce startup Jet.com. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owned over 40 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) at the end of June, down by 28% over the quarter.

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On the next page, we examine why Amazon.com, United Parcel Service, and FedEx Corporation are each trending.

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