Here’s Why These Five Stocks Are Trading Higher on Friday

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The US stock market is trading lower on Friday as investors are digesting the FOMC minutes released on Wednesday and try to assess the probability of an interest rate hike in September.

However, a number of stocks are trading in the green today, including Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT), Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD), Corrections Corp Of America (NYSE:CXW), Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL), and Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE:RH). Let’s look at the catalysts that are driving the prices of these companies higher and take a look at some investors that are betting on the stocks.

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Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT)’s stock has gained around 7% following the release of the company’s results for the third quarter of fiscal 2016. The company reported revenue of $2.82 billion, which missed the estimates by $20 million, but EPS of $0.50 was higher than the expected $0.48. Applied Materials had an order backlog of $3.66 billion at the end of the quarter. For the fiscal fourth quarter, Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) expects sales to grow by 15% to 19% sequentially, while EPS is expected between $0.61 and $0.69. Harris Associates reported ownership of 23.91 million shares in its 13F filing at the end of June.

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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD)’s  stock has appreciated by 9% after the company revealed the performance of its new new Zen processor core. The company showed a 40% improvement in its instructions per clock cycle compared to past processors. Current product from Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) outclassed Intel’s product. During the second quarter, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies boosted its stake in Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) to 9.69 million shares.

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On the next page, we are going to discuss Corrections Corp Of America (NYSE:CXW), Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL), and Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE:RH).

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