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Why These Stocks Are in Spotlight Today?

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Markets slid on Tuesday as investors started selling risky assets following China’s weaker than expected manufacturing data. Meanwhile, companies continue to post earnings reports. Among the major stocks in the spotlight because of their financial data today are American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE:TAP), Mallinckrodt PLC (NYSE:MNK) and CVS Health Corp (NYSE:CVS). This article takes a look on the details of the earnings reports of these companies and examines hedge funds’ sentiment towards them.

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American International Group Misses Estimates

American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG) reported first-quarter earnings of $0.65 a share on a revenue of $11.78 billion, missing the analysts’ estimates of $1 per share on $13.57 billion in revenue. The New York based insurance company suffered a quarterly loss of $183 million, most of which was the result of poor hedge funds and investment performance. The company is under pressure from various hedge funds to increase results from its core operations. Peter Hancock, American International Group’s CEO, said in a statement that the financial results were hit by market volatility on investments. Hancock added that the company made progress on its strategic objectives. General operating expenses were cut by 5% year-over-year. Overall, 101 hedge funds from our database held long positions worth of $10.9 billion in American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG) at the end of the fourth quarter of 2015. Stephen J. Errico’s Locust Wood Capital Advisers has 641,068 shares of the company, according to its 13F filing for the end of March. Shares of American International Group have lost more than 2% so far today.

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Pfizer Inc Beats Estimates

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) posted EPS of $0.67 for the first quarter, beating analysts’ expectations by $0.12. The pharmaceutical company’s revenue came in at $13.01 billion, up from the estimates of $12.02 billion, and representing a 20% increase from last year’s first quarter revenue of $10.86 billion. For the full year, the company expects its earnings to be in the range of $2.38 to $2.48 a share, versus the previous guidance of $2.20 to $2.30 per share. Pfizer experienced growth in the sales of its innovative products, which include vaccines and cancer treatment drugs. Last month, the company announced its plans to split its business into two separate entities: one dealing with core products and the other one comprising of innovative products. Out of the funds we track, 109 funds held positions with an aggregate worth of $8.6 billion in Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) at the end of the fourth quarter of 2015. Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management is one of the most notable stakeholders in Pfizer, with an ownership of approximately 31.75 million shares, held as of the end of the first quarter.

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On the next page, we will discuss earnings reports of Molson Coors Brewing Company, Mallinckrodt PLC and CVS Health Corp.

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