With crude futures up and the latest batch of earnings reports improving sentiment, all three indexes have opened moderately in the green. Among the stocks that traders are watching today are several major companies, Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX), Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD), Broadcom Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO), BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), and Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F).
Let’s examine the associated catalysts causing each stock to trend and analyze hedge fund sentiment toward the stocks.
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Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) shares are up by 5% this morning after falling 12% yesterday on the back of the news that the company’s former CFO, Howard Schiller, and CEO, Michael Pearson, are involved in a criminal probe. Specifically, federal prosecutors are looking into potential accounting fraud in relation to Valeant’s ties with the infamous specialty pharmacy, Philidor. No charges have currently been levied however, and the case continues to evolve quickly. Valeant meanwhile, has responded by saying the following:
“As Valeant previously stated in response to a prior, similar press report, the Company previously disclosed in October 2015 that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York commenced an investigation involving Valeant. We have been fully cooperating with the authorities throughout the investigation, and we are in frequent contact and continue to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.”
Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square owned more than 21 million shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) at the end of the second quarter.
Traders are keeping a close eye on Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD) after the stock surged sharply yesterday on a Bloomberg report saying the company was close to the final stages of potentially selling itself. Among some of the interested parties according to Bloomberg’s sources is a serial acquirer of late, Broadcom Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO). Although there is no guarantee a deal will be reached, the sale of Brocade could occur as early as this week. Of the two companies, the smart money liked Broadcom Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO) more, with 74 funds from our database reporting stakes as of the end of June. Meanwhile, 28 investors were long Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD) in the same time period.
On the next page, we examine why investors are buzzing about BlackBerry and Ford Motor Company.