These Four Stocks Are Gaining Ground for Different Reasons

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With markets almost flat on Monday afternoon, a number of companies jumped earlier today and have thus far kept their momentum throughout the day. We have previously discussed some of the top gainers on Monday (see article) and in this piece, we are going to take a look at four other companies whose stocks are growing today, including TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ:TASR)YPF SA (ADR) (NYSE:YPF)Northern Tier Energy LP (NYSE:NTI), and Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI).

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Let’s start with TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ:TASR), whose stock is 6% in the green so far today, amid the company announcing a new partnership agreement with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), which involves developing a cloud platform for the law enforcement company that will feature Microsoft Azure’s cloud platform and TASER’s Axon Platform in combination with Windows 10 devices. TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ:TASR)’s stock was gaining ground for the first half of the year, but then fell amid a broader market sell-off and including today’s appreciation is down by 10% year-to-date. According to our data, which involves analyzing the equity portfolios of some 700 funds, the sentiment towards TASER International is weak, with only 18 investors reporting stakes equal to around 7% of the company’s outstanding stock as of the end of June. However, in the current round of 13F filings, Louis Navellier’s Navellier & Associates reported a stake containing 501,435 shares, which was increased by 482,355 shares during the third quarter, so perhaps this will be the start of a swing in sentiment towards the company.

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With this in mind, let’s move on to YPF SA (ADR) (NYSE:YPF), which is trading nearly 8% higher today. YPF SA (ADR) (NYSE:YPF) is one of Argentina’s top companies and it was not the only Argentina-based company whose stock rallied today. The rally was most likely sparked by the outcome of yesterday’s presidential election in the country, which ended up in a run-off scheduled for November, where two candidates, Daniel Scioli, a successor of the current president Cristina Kirchner, will face Mauricio Macri, the mayor of Buenos Aires. The stocks rallied as investors are betting on an end to the economic turmoil and capital controls that came during the 12-year rule by Nestor and Cristina Kirchner. The outcome of Sunday’s elections also sparked the growth of the Argentinian peso and bonds. Among the funds from our database, 34 held long positions in YPF SA at the end of June, which were equal to 11% of the company.

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Read on to see the details about why Northern Tier Energy LP (NYSE:NTI) and Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI) are in the green today.

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