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Why Facebook Inc (FB), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) and Three Other Stocks Are in Spotlight Today

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All three major US indexes opened higher on Friday amid weaker dollar following the release of lower-than-expected non-farm payroll figures released by the Labor Department.

Among the companies that are making headlines on the last day of the trading week are Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE), Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC), and Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C). In this article, we are going to take a closer look at why the five companies are trending and use the latest SEC filings to determine how elite funds are positioned towards them.

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Facebook’s Free Internet Initiative Suffers a Setback

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is in the spotlight after a SpaceX rocket carrying one of Facebook’s first commissioned satellites exploded yesterday. The AMOS-6 satellite, which was part of Facebook’s program and was valued at around $200 million, would have brought internet access to millions of people in Africa, who otherwise would not have been able to afford it. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said:

“As I’m here in Africa, I’m deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX’s launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent. Fortunately, we have developed other technologies like Aquila that will connect people as well. We remain committed to our mission of connecting everyone, and we will keep working until everyone has the opportunities this satellite would have provided.”

Andreas Halvorsen‘s Viking Global owned 20.1 million shares of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) at the end of June, which represented around 10% of its equity portfolio.

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Wal-Mart Cuts Costs

A few weeks after announcing that it would spend $3.3 billion to buy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) is planning to recoup some of that capital outlay by cutting jobs. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company plans to eliminate around 7,000 jobs in back office positions such as accounting and invoicing by using automated technologies and other methods. The eliminated jobs are some of the higher-paying and most-coveted positions at Wal-Mart. A total of 58 funds from our database had a bullish position in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) at the end of the second quarter, up by four funds from the previous quarter.

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On the next page, we examine Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Bank of America Corp, and Citigroup.

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