The three index futures are slightly in the red on Monday as traders digest the latest news and China manufacturing data. Among Monday’s after hour movers include Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ:PI), Sanmina Corporation (NASDAQ:SANM), CURO Group Holdings Corp. (NYSE:CURO), Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX), and Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE:TREX). Let’s take a closer look at why each stock has moved and how some smart money funds are positioned among them.
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Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ:PI) has soared 22% in after hours on Monday after it reported an adjusted loss of $0.11 per share, beating the Street by $0.15 per share. Sales rose 31.9% year over year to $33.1 million, ahead of estimates by $2.02 million. Guidance is better than expected with Q2 outlook revenue of $34-$36 million versus the consensus of $33 million. Trellus Management Company reported holding a stake of 45,810 shares at the end of March.
Sanmina Corporation (NASDAQ:SANM) shares have risen around 10% after hours on Monday after the company reported adjusted Q2 EPS of $0.91 beating the Street by $0.17 per share. Sales came in better than expected at $2.13 billion, up 26.8% year over year and $160 million higher than expected. Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital raised its holdings in Sanmina Corporation by 9% to 3.07 million shares at the end of December.
In Monday after hours, CURO Group Holdings Corp. (NYSE:CURO) shares are 10% higher despite reporting softer than expected sales of $277.94 million, up 10.8% year over year but $2.33 million less than expected. The after hours surge on Monday could be due to Curo’s first quarter adjusted EPS of $0.80, which was $0.10 better than expected. For full year 2019, the company expects adjusted diluted EPS of $2.35-$2.65. Full year adjusted 2018 diluted earnings per share was $1.86. Wilmot B. Harkey And Daniel Mack’s Nantahala Capital Management more than doubled its position in CURO in Q4 to 2.962 million shares at the end of December.
Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX) shares fell around 13% in after hours on Monday despite reporting better than expected adjusted EPS of $0.17 ($0.01 better than estimates) and revenue of $173.48 million ($1.32 million higher). Chairman Dr. Robert J. Shillman said, “Our Q1 results were in line with our guidance and we set a new first-quarter revenue record. However, slower business conditions have dampened our expectations for growth in the near term. Nevertheless, our products are a key element of factory automation and logistics, which we believe are both growth markets, and we remain optimistic about Cognex’s future over the long term.” Robert Karr’s Joho Capital reported a stake of 2.77 million shares in CGNX at the end of December.
Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE:TREX) shares were 11% in the red on Monday after market after reporting mixed numbers. Adjusted earnings of $0.54 per share were $0.05 per share lower than estimates while revenue of $179.57 million was $2.82 million higher. The miss could be in part due to startup costs and manufacturing inefficiencies. Richard Scott Greeder’s Broad Bay Capital intiated a new position of 164,000 shares in the fourth quarter.