On the second day of the week, crude traders are eagerly anticipating today’s API release and the latest word from the informal OPEC/Russia meeting in Algeria. However, crude futures are currently lower today as it now seems likely that a deal won’t be reached during the meeting.
Among the stocks that traders are also keeping a close eye on today are Kite Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:KITE), Rice Energy Inc (NYSE:RICE), Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO), BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), and SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE:SNX). Let’s find out why each stock is trending and use the latest regulatory filing data to determine how the smart money was positioned in each stock on June 30.
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Kite Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:KITE) shares have surged on the back of positive top-line results from a pivotal trial assessing the efficacy of its lead drug candidate KTE-C19 in treating patients with aggressive non-hodgkin lymphoma. According to the company, an interim analysis of the study met the primary endpoint in terms of objective response rate. The company plans to present more data at an upcoming scientific meeting. Of the 749 hedge funds that we track which filed 13Fs for the June quarter, 19 of them had a long position in Kite Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:KITE), down by four funds from the March 13F period.
Rice Energy Inc (NYSE:RICE) is in the red after the E&P announced that it has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to buy Vantage Energy for around $2.7 billion, including the assumption of debt. With the purchase, Rice Energy will be acquiring around 85,000 net core Marcellus acres, along with rights to 52,000 and 37,000 net acres in the deeper Utica and Barnett Shales respectively. Rice Energy expects the transaction to be immediately accretive and credit-enhancing, and to expand the high return inventory of drilling locations by 66%. In addition, Rice Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:RMP), which has gained over 6% today, will buy the acquired midstream assets from Rice Energy for $600 million. To finance the purchase, Rice Energy has also announced the commencement of an underwritten public offering of 40 million shares of common stock along with granting underwriters a 30-day option to purchase an additional 6 million shares. Andreas Halvorsen‘s Viking Global established a new position of over 12.6 million shares in Rice Energy Inc (NYSE:RICE) during the second quarter.
On the next page we’ll examine why Thor Industries, BlackBerry, and SYNNEX Corporation are trending.