Markets opened strong today and remained in the green as the Fed’s FOMC said that it is not going to increase the interest rates this month.
Meanwhile, a number of stocks, including Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Mylan NV (NASDAQ:MYL), Novavax Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX), AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS) and ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV), are in the spotlight today and are registering significant moves. Let’s take a closer look at the events that put these stocks on investors radars and see what the funds from our database think about them.
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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is one of the most popular and most-followed stocks and it is in the spotlight today amid news that it might acquire the British Luxury car maker McLaren. This news follows the previous news of Apple stalling its in-house development of autonomous cars. A report by the Financial Times claims that Apple “is considering a full takeover of McLaren or a strategic investment.” Among the funds we track, 116 funds held $10.67 billion worth of Apple’s stock at the end of June, having amassed 2% of its outstanding stock, compared to 152 investors that held $14.82 million worth of shares a quarter earlier.
Mylan NV (NASDAQ:MYL) is showing a little downcast trend as its CEO Heather Bresch is on Capitol Hill today to testify before the House Oversight Committee. The company’s policy of drastically increasing the price of its EpiPen allergic reaction treatment – and its resulting controversy – has caused negative impact on its stock price. The number of funds from our database long Mylan declined to 44 from 51 during the second quarter, while the total value of their holdings declined to $1.96 billion from $2.05 billion.
Novavax Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX)’s stock has surged by more than 24% as it continues to recover from a drop registered last week on the back of disappointing study results (see articles). Among the funds we track, 16 funds held $70 million worth of Novavax Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX)’s stock in aggregate at the end of June, having amassed 3.60% of its outstanding stock, compared to 18 investors that held $59 million worth of shares a quarter earlier.
AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS) has advanced by over 7% today amid a growth registered across the largest part of the steel industry. The increase comes amid industry consolidation news that came from China, where two largest steelmakers agreed to merge their listed units. The number of funds from our database long AK Steel Holding Corporation increased to 32 from 17 during the second quarter, while the total value of their holdings surged to $221 million from $81 million and amassed 26.60% of the float at the end of June.
ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV)’s stock is trading higher after analysts at Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to ‘Buy’ from ‘Neutral’, stating that ENSCO is likely to benefit from is presence in Asia-Pacific and Middle East market and that it is trading at 200-300bp discount to peers through 2020. However, the analysts expressed concerns about offshore rig market. Goldman Sachs has a a 12-month price target of $10.50 on the stock. Among the funds we track, 30 funds held $546 million worth of ENSCO’s stock in aggregate at the end of June, having amassed 18.70% of its outstanding stock, compared to 29 investors that held $275 million worth of shares a quarter earlier.