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Clearwire Corporation (CLWR), NV Energy, Inc. (NVE), Direxion Shares Exchange Traded Fund Trust (NUGT): Big Price Gainers on Thursday

Related Tickers: Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ:CLWR), NV Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NVE), Direxion Shares Exchange Traded Fund Trust (NYSEARCA:NUGT), DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S), Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK-B), Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA:GDX)

We will now take a quick look at three interesting stocks that have experienced high price appreciation today. The three stocks we will study are: Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ:CLWR), NV Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NVE), Direxion Shares Exchange Traded Fund Trust (NYSEARCA:NUGT)

Big gainers today

Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ:CLWR)

Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ:CLWR) is up over 27% to trade at $4.41. DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH) has made an offer to acquire the wireless broadband provider, which had previously agreed to be acquired by majority shareholder Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S). To complicate matters, the Japanese company  Softbank has made an offer from Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S). Analysts speculate that the move may be an attempt by DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH) to acquire not only Clearwire, but Sprint as well, as the deal with Softbank might be considerably less attractive to shareholders without the Clearwire holding. CLW shareholders are certainly the winner from these takeover machinations, with the stock up over 500% from this time last year.

NV Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NVE) is up about 22% to trade at $23.63. The company gapped up on the open on news that MidAmerican Energy Holdings, a division of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK-B), will buy all outstanding shares of the Las Vegas-based power utility company. NVE has an impressive dividend yield of 3.22% and a ‘moat protected’ business perhaps enhancing its attractiveness as a value buy for the Berkshire unit. The price of NVE has been trending down in price since the beginning of May, but the announcement after hours yesterday has of course reversed this.

Gold bugs will be heartened by the rise of the Direxion Shares Exchange Traded Fund Trust (NYSEARCA:NUGT). NUGT was up about 15% as of writing to trade at $11.66. This ETF is designed for those investors who are bullish on the gold mining sector, attempting to reflect the price of the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA:GDX) multiplied by three, via leveraged and unleveraged positions in the underlying stocks that comprise the GDX. The substantial decline in the gold price has seen this ETF lose nearly 80% of its value over the past three months.

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