U.S. markets continue to rebound on Wednesday, as investors rushed to buy the stocks that were beaten down by the Brexit. Not only are all three major stock indexes spiking today, but so are oil, gas, the Euro, Treasuries, and precious and industrial metals.
Among the individual stocks on the rise on Wednesday, we can count Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (USA) (NYSE:CP), Matador Resources Co (NYSE:MTDR), Shopify Inc (NYSE:SHOP) and CryoPort Inc (NASDAQ:CYRX). So, let’s take a look into the events behind the moves of these stocks, and see what the funds in our database think about the companies in question.
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Exxon Mobil Surges On Oil Rebound, Mozambique Rumor
Shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) are up by about 1.7% on Wednesday, accompanying the rise in oil prices. In addition, the company is considering the option of acquiring stakes in natural gas discoveries that Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC) and Eni SpA (ADR) (NYSE:E) made off the coast of Mozambique, Bloomberg reported – although none of the companies commented on the “rumors or speculation.” Among the hedge funds that we track, 60 disclosed long positions in Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) as of the end of the first quarter of 2016. Among them, we could highlight Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management, which last declared holding approximately 4.98 million shares of the company.
Canadian Pacific To Lay Off Employees
Next up is Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (USA) (NYSE:CP), which has gained 2.35% since the market opened on Wednesday, amid news that the company will lay off of 500 maintenance workers, which will begin Thursday. According to the Wall Street Journal, the redundancies were triggered by a decline in the company’s profits and the expectation of a large tumble in revenue in the second quarter. Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (USA) (NYSE:CP) saw the number of hedge funds in our database long its stock surge by 24% to 36 during the first quarter. The largest stake was held by Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square, which last disclosed ownership of 13.94 million shares.