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Here’s Why Investors Are Watching These Five Stocks Today

It’s the middle of earnings season and many investors are hungrily dissecting earnings reports and management commentary to get a better view on earnings outlooks for the future. Among the stocks that have recently reported their financial results are Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE), Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE:BMY), Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA), United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS), and Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG). Let’s take a closer look at how each company did in their latest financial quarters and also check how hedge funds are positioned in each stock.

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Sony Corp Higher On Earnings

Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)’s stock is modestly higher after the company reported its results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal 2015 ended March 31. The company posted a full-year revenue of 8.1 trillion yen ($71.7 billion), down by 1.3%, while its operating profit surged to 294.2 billion yen Of the around 786 funds we track, 20 funds owned $342.41 million worth of Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)’s shares, which accounted for 1.10% of the float on December 31, versus 21 funds and $328.36 million, respectively, on September 30.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Turns In Excellent Quarter

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE:BMY)’s shares have gained around 2% after the drug giant reported earnings of $0.74 per share on sales of $4.39 billion, versus estimates of $0.65 and $4.25 billion, respectively. Revenue rose 8.7% year-over-year mainly on the back of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo, Eliquis, and Hep C franchises. In addition, the company raised its full-year EPS guidance to between $2.37 and $2.47 from the previous $2.30 – $2.40 range, and adjusted full-year EPS guidance to between $2.50 and $2.60 from the previous $2.30-$2.40, and expects 2016 revenue to grow by the low double-digit percentages. The number of funds from our database bullish on Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE:BMY) fell by three quarter-over-quarter to 59 at the end of December.

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On the next page, we examine Mastercard Inc, United Parcel Service Inc, and Celgene Corporation.

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