It’s been a quiet day on Wall Street as all three indexes inched up after the bell amid a slight increase in oil prices.
Among the stocks trending this morning are PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP), Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX), Goldcorp Inc. (USA) (NYSE:GG), and Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE:NEM). Let’s find out why traders are talking about these stocks and see how the world’s greatest investors are positioned towards them.
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PepsiCo Reports Earnings
PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP) shares are 1.7% higher after the beverage maker reported second quarter earnings of $1.35 per share on revenue of $15.39 billion, beating the consensus estimates by $0.05 per share and $20 million, respectively. Organic revenue grew by 3.3% in the quarter, while the company’s core constant currency EPS rose 6% in the same time period. Gross margin also expanded by 115 basis points. PepsiCo’s management expects full-year EPS of $4.71 versus the previous $4.66 and compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.57 per share. The number of funds from our database with holdings in PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP) rose by seven quarter-over-quarter to 65 at the end of March.
Tesla Motors’ Self Driving System Isn’t Perfect
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is in the spotlight today after the Wall Street Journal published an article stating that the electric car manufacturer’s autopilot technology isn’t perfect. The Journal noted that some drivers claim the semi-automated driving software ‘is flawed and can lull owners into danger’ given that one person, Joshua Brown, has died while using the technology and others have gotten into accidents with it. Ever the futurist, Elon Musk has defended the company’s tech as ultimately saving lives (if one crunches the math) and holding great promise. Among the funds we track, 39 funds had a bullish position in Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) at the end of March, up by 10 funds from the previous quarter.
On the next page, we find out why Barrick Gold Corporation (USA), Goldcorp Inc (USA), and Newmont Mining Corp are in the spotlight.