Amid another spate of earnings releases all three main stock indexes are trading lower today. The Dow Jones is down by 0.21%, the S&P 500 is 0.30% in the red, and the NASDAQ index is close has lost around 0.35%.
In this article, we examine why five stocks, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA), Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL), Global Blood Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:GBT), Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK), and Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE:DB) are on investors’ radars on Tuesday. In addition, we are going to assess the hedge fund sentiment towards the companies in question.
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Traders are watching Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) after Goldman Sachs analyst Piyush Mubayi hiked his price target on the e-commerce giant’s stock to $130 from $120 per share and maintained the stock in the Goldman’s ‘Conviction Buy’ list. Mubayi likes Alibaba’s organic growth outlook and thinks the company’s margin outlook for its core business is solid. Alibaba shares are up 28% year-to-date. Of the 749 funds we track, 69 funds owned $5.52 billion worth of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA)’s stock, which accounted for 2.80% of the float on June 30, versus 67 funds and $5.14 billion, respectively, on March 31.
Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL) is in the spotlight after the payments giant announced that it has extended its relationship with Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB). In particular, PayPal will be a payment option across more of Facebook’s commerce interfaces, including Messenger commerce. Given that Facebook has over 1.0 billion active users across its platforms, the increased integration with the giant is certainly good news for PayPal in the near term. A total of 84 funds from our database owned shares of Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL) at the end of the second quarter, down by three funds from the previous quarter.
On the next page, we find out why the spotlight is shining on Global Blood, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and Deutsche Bank AG (USA).