Although the three indexes are close to flat after the bell as traders await the upcoming Brexit vote on Thursday, five stocks are gaining ground above the market.
Let’s take a look why Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ:ROSG), WP Glimcher Inc (NYSE:WPG), Galena Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:GALE), Chromadex Corp (NASDAQ:CDXC), and Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE:SGY) are surging today. In addition, we are going to see what smart money investors from our database think about the stocks in question.
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Rosetta Genomics Rises on Approval
Nano-cap Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ:ROSG) is 23% higher after the New York State Department of Health approved the company’s multiple fluorescence in situ hybridization tests for detection of amplifications or rearrangements of DNA in a number of hematologic cancers, such as leukemias, lymphomas and myelomas. The approval makes Rosetta’s test panels for various malignancies available in all 50 states. It is unclear what the financial impact of the approval will be, however. As with all nano-caps, investors should do due-diligence before buying or selling. No funds in our database of 766 elite funds held shares of Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ:ROSG) at the end of March. Ken Griffin’s Citadel Advisors is one of the shareholders of Rosetta Genomics, holding 25,927 shares as of the end of March.
WP Glimcher Rises on Leadership Transition
WP Glimcher Inc (NYSE:WPG) shares have advanced by around 5% after the company announced the resignation of CEO and Vice Chairman Michael P. Glimcher effective immediately. To replace Glimcher, the company’s board has appointed Louis G. Conforti as interim CEO. Conforti has decades of investing and real estate experience. In addition to the management change, the company has said it will propose a name change to Washington Prime Group Inc at the next annual shareholder meeting on August 30. The number of funds from our database with holdings in WP Glimcher Inc (NYSE:WPG) rose by seven quarter-over-quarter to 17 at the end of March.
On the next page, we examine Galena Biopharma, Chromadex Corp, and Stone Energy Corporation.
Technical Trading Detected at Galena
Although there is no fundamental news concerning the company, shares of Galena Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:GALE) are 4.4% in the green as traders buy in the hopes that the stock’s momentum will continue. Shares of the biotech have quadrupled from its February lows and are now up by 54% year-to-date. The company had $34.7 million in cash and cash equivalents at the end of March. Five funds tracked by Insider Monkey owned $2.59 million worth of Galena Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:GALE)’s stock, which accounted for 1.10% of the float on March 31, versus four funds and $2.51 million, respectively, a quarter earlier.
Relief Rally at Chromadex
Chromadex Corp (NASDAQ:CDXC) shares are nearly 18% higher today after the company responded to a negative article published yesterday on Seeking Alpha. In the article, the author stated that ChromaDex could be a paid stock promotion. ChromaDex CEO has responded with a press release saying: “The report appears to be a blatant and transparent attempt by a shortseller or shortsellers to profit from an immediate and precipitous decline in the company’s share price through the use of an opinion piece published anonymously and laden with misinformation, innuendo and the use of selective historical information”. None of the funds in our database owned shares of Chromadex Corp (NASDAQ:CDXC) at the end of March.
Momentum Traders Pile Into Stone Energy
Although WTI prices are 2% in the red today, independent E&P Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE:SGY) shares are going the opposite way as traders pile into the stock for momentum purposes. Shares of Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE:SGY) have risen by 11% after yesterday’s 23% jump. Stone Energy surged earlier in the month after disclosing that it would pay interest on senior notes that were due in May. The company has also said it is considering restructuring alternatives. At the end of March, 15 funds tracked by us had a long position in Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE:SGY).