All three major indexes are again lower today as traders brace themselves for a possible unexpected interest rate hike from the Fed next week.
Among the stocks grabbing some headlines during today’s down market are Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO), Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY), and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR). We’ll put each of them under a microscope in this article and use the latest hedge fund filings to see how the smart money was positioning themselves in each stock during the second quarter.
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Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) shares are off by 1.15% in morning trading in part due to the news that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating why the company hasn’t taken a write-down on its asset values despite the over 50% drop in crude prices. Exxon has defended itself by saying that it has followed all relevant regulations and rules. Exxon shares are also in the red due to lower WTI and Brent prices this morning. 60 funds in our system were bullish on Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) at the end of the second quarter, unchanged from the end of the first quarter.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has surged by 2.6% after the semiconductor giant raised its third quarter revenue outlook to $15.3 billion-to-$15.9 billion, versus the previous range of $14.4 billion-to-$15.4 billion. In addition, management also raised the midpoint of its gross margin expectations for the quarter to 63% from the previous 62%. Intel shares have done very well in 2016, rising by around 10% year-to-date. The number of funds tracked by Insider Monkey with holdings in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) rose by three during the second quarter to 57 at the end of June.
On the next page we’ll examine the latest on GoPro, Mobileye NV, and Twitter.