Markets were tumbling on Monday, with all major U.S. stock indexes down substantially, driven by a selloff in tech stocks and a decline in oil prices. However, a few stocks managed to salvage themselves, trading up in the afternoon hours. Among them, we can count GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO), Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) and Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG). So, let’s take a look into the events causing said surges, and into what the hedge funds in our database think about the companies. In addition, we will examine the reasons behind the declines seen at Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) today.
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Back to the stocks that interest us, we’ve got GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO), whose shares are up more than 10% after Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced on Friday that it had signed a patent licensing deal with the manufacturer of wearable cameras. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Microsoft said in a statement, that the deal is related to “certain file storage and other system technologies.”
Nick Psyhogeos, President of Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC said that the company’s “licensing of personal wearable technologies is seeing strong demand” as the firm partners “with companies from all industries to optimize solutions for their customers around the globe.”
On the other hand, shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) are trading down by more than 2.5% on Monday.
Also helping GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO) was a Barron’s article published over the weekend, which assured that the company still has “some financial cushion to regain its footing,” taking into account its $474 million in cash and no debt. The author also noted that the current valuation of GoPro’s stock makes it an attractive acquisition target for companies like Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) or Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UA).
On the next page we will look into the news driving the moves at Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) and Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG), and into hedge fund sentiment of these stocks.