Here’s Why These Stocks Are Trending Today

It’s been a good day to be a bull on Wall Street as all three indexes have opened well in the green and stayed that way so far. Although there is still some uncertainty as to how the ‘Brexit’ voting might turn out, it seems the markets aren’t concerned about the outcome just yet.
In this article, we take a closer look at the events surrounding Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLHR), Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC), Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY), and Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (USA) (NYSE:CP) and see how smart money investors are positioned towards them.

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Herman Miller Reports Solid Earnings

Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLHR) earned $0.56 per share on revenue of $582.6 million in its fiscal fourth quarter, beating the consensus estimates by $0.04 per share and $14.05 million, respectively. Guidance is strong, with management expecting first quarter EPS of $0.60 to $0.64 on revenue of $600 to $620 million, versus analysts’ estimates of $0.60 per share and $589.3 million, respectively. Due to the solid results, the company has increased its quarterly dividend to $0.17 per share from the previous $0.1475 per share. A total of 17 funds from our database owned shares of Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLHR) at the end of the first quarter, down by two funds from the previous quarter.

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Bank of America Rises in Anticipation of ‘Bremain’, Settlement

Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) shares have surged by 2% following a Wall Street Journal article and on the back of hopes that Britain will remain inside the EU. According to the article, Bank of America is close to settling an SEC case over alleged violations over not having enough proper safeguards over client accounts. The bank is purportedly considering paying $400 to $450 million to put the case to rest. A settlement could occur as early as Friday. Of the 766 elite funds we track, 110 funds owned $5.52 billion worth of Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC)’s stock, which accounted for 4.00% of the float on March 31, versus 113 funds and $6.8 billion, respectively, a quarter earlier.

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On the next page, we examine Tesla Motors, SolarCity Corp, and Canadian Pacific Railway.
Chanos Comments on Propsed Tesla/SolarCity Merger

It’s well known that short-seller Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates isn’t a big fan of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) and SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY). Chanos didn’t change his views after a merger between the two was proposed, telling CNBC that the merger represents “a shameful example of corporate governance at its worst. SolarCity, whose bonds were yielding 20 percent yesterday, is a company headed toward financial distress. It is burning hundreds of millions in cash every quarter, a burden that now Tesla shareholders will have to bear, at a total cost of over $8 billion”.

Former Tesla bull and Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas also curbed his enthusiasm over the deal, with the analyst recently downgrading Tesla to ‘Equal Weight’ from ‘Overweight’. Jonas thinks the merger’s risks outweigh the positives.  The number of funds tracked by us with holdings in Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) rose by 10 quarter-over-quarter to 39 at the end of March while 23 top funds had a long position in SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY), down by six funds from the previous quarter.

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Canadian Pacific Rises on Analyst Upgrade

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (USA) (NYSE:CP)’s shares are almost 2% higher after analysts at Raymond James upgraded the stock to ‘Strong Buy’ from ‘Outperform’, noting that the railroad’s valuation might provide a solid entry point for investors holding for the long term. Canadian Pacific shares are up 2% year-to-date and trade at just 13.5 times forward earnings estimates. A total of 36 funds from our database own shares of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (USA) (NYSE:CP) as of the end of March.

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