The US stock market opened close to flat on Wednesday amid growth in global indices pushed higher after weak productivity data weighted on the probability of a rate hike in September.
Among the stocks that are trending today following the release of their latest financial results are Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), Cyberark Software Ltd (NASDAQ:CYBR), ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT), and Fossil Inc (NASDAQ:FOSL). In this article, we are going to take a closer look at the companies in question and assess the hedge fund sentiment towards them.
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Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. (NYSE:AJRD)’s stock has plunged by more than 8% after the company reported revenue of $408.4 million for the second quarter of 2016, missing analysts’ estimates by $27.75 million, while EPS of $0.09 was way below expectations of $0.24. Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. (NYSE:AJRD)’s funded backlog stood at $2.3 billion at the end of June, compared to $2.4 billion at the end of November, the company said. “The stability of our Aerospace and Defense operating margin in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 supports our belief that our Competitive Improvement Program initiatives are effective and sustainable,” said Eileen Drake, CEO and President of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings. Among the funds we track, 19 funds held shares of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. (NYSE:AJRD) at the end of March.
On the other hand, shares of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) are trading in the green following the release of the company’s results for the fiscal third quarter, which included revenue of $14.28 billion, which topped the expectations by $130 million, while EPS of $1.62 was higher than the expected $1.61. Across segments, the company’s Media Networks revenue increased by 2% year-on-year to $5.9 billion, while Parks and Resorts, and Studio Entertainment segments saw revenue growth of 6% and 40% to $4.3 billion and 2.84 billion, respectively. However, consumer products & Interactive Media saw a dip of 1% to $1.14 billion. The company’s results were boosted by hit movies like Captain America, Civil War, and Finding Dory. In addition, The Walt Disney Company acquired a 33% stake in video streaming company BAMTECH for $1 billion to secure future of ESPN. A total of 49 investors from our database held shares of The Walt Disney Company at the end of the first quarter.
On the next page, we will discuss how Cyberark Software Ltd (NASDAQ:CYBR), ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) and Fossil Inc (NASDAQ:FOSL) performed in their last reported quarters.