The markets are quiet this Monday as traders analyze the latest batch of earnings releases this week. In this way, the Dow Jones, S&P 500, and NASDAQ indexes opened in the red, alongside a decline in oil prices.
In this article, we find out why Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR), and Allergan plc Ordinary Shares (NYSE:AGN) are in the spotlight and see how the world’s greatest investors are positioned towards each stock.
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Musk Companies Moving Closer
According to Reuters, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)‘s bid for SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) is moving closer to the finish line. The two companies are said to be in the final stages of due-diligence on the other, and the two could potentially agree on final terms of a deal over the next few days. Although the bid is closer to be completed, and SolarCity is seen as an integral part of Tesla’s plan to be an integrated energy and transportation company by Elon Musk, shareholders of both companies will still need to approve the deal. Because Elon Musk, who owns a substantial chunk of both companies has recused himself, it is unclear whether Musk’s goal of combining the two companies will work out. Many Tesla shareholders don’t think a SolarCity acquisition would unlock any meaningful synergies. The buyout could also make it harder for Tesla to achieve its goal of producing half a million vehicles a day by 2018. SolarCity shareholders are for the moment optimistic about the deal, as its shares are 3% in the green while Tesla shares are up by 0.8%.
Among the funds we track, 39 funds owned $1.08 billion worth of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s stock, which accounted for 3.60% of the float on March 31. In the same time frame, 23 funds reported stakes in shares of SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) as of the end of the first quarter, down by six funds from the previous quarter.
iPhone Nearing Major Milestone
Although iPhone sales are no longer growing as quickly as they used to, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is nevertheless nearing a major milestone for the product. Experts predict that Apple will sell its one-billionth iPhone sometime this week as consumers continue to pick the iPhone over other comparable phones at lower price points. If the internet rumors are true, iPhone demand could increase in September when Apple is purportedly set to release the newest iteration of the product, the iPhone 7. Apple could use the increased demand as its shares are down 5% year-to-date. Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management owned more than 11.3 million shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) at the end of June, according to its latest 13F filing.
On the next page, we take a closer look at why Danaher Corporation, and Allergan.