The markets are mixed on Wednesday as investors remain cautious amid declining crude prices and rising bond yields, which could pressure stocks.
Some stocks are nonetheless gaining ground this morning, including Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:SRPT), At Home Group Inc. (NYSE:HOME), Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY), Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU) and Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE:HMY). Let’s find out what has investors excited about these stocks today and also analyze hedge fund sentiment towards them.
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Harsh Critic of Sarepta’s Drug Departs
Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:SRPT) has jumped by some 20% today after it was reported that Dr. Ronald Farkas, a harsh critic of Sarepta’s Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug, Eteplirsen, had left the US Food and Drug Administration, making analysts hopeful regarding the drug’s approval. Dr. Farkas was the head of the clinical review team at the FDA. His primary concerns were regarding the randomized controlled trials and open-label extension studies conducted by the sponsor of the drug. Sarepta’s neuromuscular disease treatment has been under review for more than a year. Back in April, a 13-member FDA advisory committee voted against the approval of Eteplirsen, citing a lack of enough evidence to support the drug’s effectiveness against the disease. Out of the hedge funds in Insider Monkey’s database, 20 were long Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:SRPT) at the end of the second quarter. Joseph Edelman’s Perceptive Advisors owned 3.76 million shares of Sarepta Therapeutics at that time.
At Home Group Beats Estimates
Texas-based home décor company At Home Group Inc. (HOME) has gained 4.34% today after the company reported fiscal year 2017 second quarter earnings of $0.13 a share, beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.11, while revenue of $188.40 million also blew past the estimates of $183.50 million. Comparable-store sales for the quarter increased by 0.9%. For its full fiscal 2017, At Home Group Inc. (HOME) expects EPS of $0.53-to-$0.56, and revenue of $738 million-to-750 million. The company said its quarterly results, its first as a public company, display its broad consumer appeal and strong execution.
On the next page, we’ll discuss why Array Biopharma, Glu Mobile and Harmony Gold are in the spotlight today.