M&A Smorgasbord for NextEra, Plus Earnings Results from Exxon, AbbVie, 2 Other Companies

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The Nasdaq and all other major indexes are in the red this morning despite tech heavyweights Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) reporting strong results since yesterday’s market close. Meanwhile, shares of NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE), Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), AbbVie Inc (NYSE:ABBV), Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLUB), and Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY) are each trending on earnings and M&A news. Let’s take a closer look at why the five stocks are in the spotlight and see how the best hedge funds in the world have been trading each stock.

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NextEra Engages in a Little M&A

NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE) is in the spotlight after making several M&A moves today. Firstly, the company agreed to sell its gas generating assets in Pennsylvania to Starwood Energy for total consideration of $760 million and net proceeds of $255 million after the repayment of existing project-related financing. That transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter. Secondly, NextEra agreed to acquire Energy Future Holdings’ 80% indirect interest in Oncor Electric Delivery in a deal that implies a total enterprise value of around $18.4 billion. NextEra expects the deal to be accretive and to help the company grow adjusted EPS at or near the top-end of its previously announced 6-to-8% growth through 2018, using 2014 as a base. Jim Simons‘ Renaissance Technologies raised its stake in NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE) by 61% to more than 1.1 million shares during the first quarter.

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Exxon Mobil Misses the Mark

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) shares are off by almost 3% today after the oil giant reported second quarter earnings of $0.41 per share on revenue of $57.7 billion. Analysts were expecting $0.23 per share and $2.53 billion more, respectively. Upstream earnings clocked in at $294 million for the period, while Exxon’s chemical earnings saved the day by adding $1.2 billion to its bottom-line. Exxon’s downstream earnings amounted to $825 million, off by $681 million from the second quarter of 2015 due to weaker refining margins. 60 funds tracked by Insider Monkey had long positions in Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) at the end of the first quarter, down by eight funds from the end of the fourth quarter of 2015.

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On the next page we examine how AbbVie, Town Sports International Holdings, and Cypress Semiconductor performed during their latest quarters.

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