The US stock market is trading slightly lower on Monday after a brief rally on Friday and following news that the UK plans to trigger Article 50 of the EU Treaty by the end of March 2017.
Meanwhile, a number of stocks are in the spotlight today, including Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Cabela’s Inc. (NYSE:CAB), Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG), Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE:SU), and Winnebago Industries Inc. (NYSE:WGO). Let’s take a closer look at the latest news involving these companies and assess the hedge fund sentiment towards them.
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Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is in the spotlight as reports emerged that the tech giant plans to launch the first smartphones under its own design and brand at its upcoming event, scheduled for October 4. The reports suggest that Alphabet’s Google will debut two phones namely Pixel and Pixel XL, which will run on Android 7.1 and will replace its Nexus phones, as well as a number of other devices. The new phones will represent Google’s another attempt to get into the smartphone hardware market and will allow it to compete more directly with Apple. Among the funds we track, 135 funds held $11.55 billion worth of Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s class A stock in aggregate at the end of June, having amassed 2.40% of its outstanding stock, compared to 142 investors that held $14.90 billion worth of stock a quarter earlier.
Cabela’s Inc. (NYSE:CAB)’s shares are over 14% in the green following news that Boss Pro Shops will acquire it in a deal valued at $5.5 billion, or $65.50 per share in cash. Both companies expect the deal, subject to approval by Cabela’s shareholders and regulators, to be closed by the first half of 2017. The number of funds from our database long Cabela’s Inc. (NYSE:CAB) increased to 27 from 21 during the second quarter, while the total value of their holdings surged to $661 million from $446 million.