Here’s Why Amazon, Tesla, and Three Other Stocks Are Trending Today

The markets are quiet this morning as all three major index futures are close to flat.

Some potential upside/downside catalysts in the upcoming week include today’s EIA inventory release and tomorrow’s jobless claims report. In this article, we take a closer look at five trending stocks, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU), and see how the smart money investors from our database are positioned towards them.

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Amazon Prime Numbers Rise

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is in the spotlight today after the company said that sales from third party merchants rose 30% year-over-year on July 12. Although some analysts were expecting a higher year-over-year increase, technical glitches likely blunted some of the demand and lowered the year-over-year growth number. Demand was strong internationally and Amazon’s overall demand situation remains strong. On the back of strong Prime membership growth and surging AWS numbers, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) shares have rallied 10% year-to-date so far. Of the 766 elite funds we track, 133 funds owned $14.7 billion worth of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s stock, which accounted for 5.30% of the float on March 31, versus 141 funds and $17.32 billion, respectively, a quarter earlier.

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FTC Seeks More Data Over Merger

Traders are watching Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) and St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requested additional information over their proposed merger. Abbott agreed to buy St. Jude in April for around $25 billion. The FTC’s request will likely extend the time frame before the merger deal can close by 30 days after the FTC gets its requested information. It seems the market doesn’t believe the information request is a big deal, as shares of both companies are relatively unchanged in the pre-market. A total of 42 funds from our database were long Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) at the end of March,  while 36 funds had a bullish position in St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ).

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On the next page, we examine Tesla Motors, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.