At a time when all three indexes are firmly in the green, shares of Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE:NMM), Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE:FIS), TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ:TASR), and Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE:ADM) are down substantially. Let’s take a closer look at the downside catalysts and analyze what the world’s greatest investors think of each stock.
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Shares of dry bulk shipper Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE:NMM) are off by 16.53% after the company reported third quarter earnings per share of $0.13 on revenues of $57.1 million, missing estimates by $0.04 per share and $3.05 million, respectively. Because China’s economy isn’t as strong as before, dry bulk commodity demand is lower than expected and dampening demand for Navios Maritime Partners’ services. To adjust to the challenging and uncertain times, Navios’ management is cutting the quarterly distribution to $0.2125 per unit, down from $0.44 per unit a quarter earlier. China’s economy needs to pick up for the stock to do well. Hedge funds are cold towards Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE:NMM), as just six funds of the 730 elite funds that we track owned $8.96 million of the company’s shares, just 1.00% of the float on June 30.
Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE:FIS) is down by 11.74% after reporting third quarter earnings of $0.90 per share on revenues of $1.58 billion. The results missed estimates of $0.91 per share in earnings and $1.64 billion in revenues. Earnings were less than expected because the strong dollar and challenging macro-economic conditions weighed on results. Revenue from the company’s integrated financial solutions division inched up by 1% to $971 million, while sales from the company’s global financial solutions segment declined by 5% to $609 million. 34 funds we track owned $1.23 billion of Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE:FIS)’s shares on June 30, with William Von Mueffling‘s Cantillon Capital Management holding 8.08 million shares.
On the next page, we examine why TASER and Archer Daniels Midland Company are falling.