Although the main headline this week was whether or not Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) would successfully find a buyer, several other tech companies were making some noteworthy headlines of their own. They included Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), LendingClub Corp (NYSE:LC), Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ:MELI), GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO), and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).
In this article, we’ll recap the meaningful events that occurred to each of the five companies during the past trading week, and analyze how successful hedge funds have been trading each of them.
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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) turned in a solid week, rising by 3.1% even as the Nasdaq retreated by 1.5%. Although the tech company’s reasonable valuation may have had something to do with the rise, Apple’s stock more likely rallied due to competitor Samsung’s troubles. Due to fire problems, Apple’s arch hardware competitor permanently ended sales of its popular Galaxy Note 7, and many analysts believe that the Note’s troubles will lead to less sales for Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S8. Less sales for Samsung assuredly means more sales for Apple, and more cash flow for Apple shareholders. Some analysts are already putting the number of added iPhone sales at around 8 million units before 2016 is over, though that figure could be overly optimistic, as it assumes that well over 50% of people who were projected to buy a Note 7 in the second half of this year will now buy an iPhone instead. Ken Fisher‘s Fisher Asset Management inched up its stake in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) by 1% to 11.3 million shares as of the end of September.
LendingClub Corp (NYSE:LC) retreated by almost 10% from Monday through Friday, first due to an analyst downgrade from Wedbush in which analyst Henry Coffey set a $3.75 price target on the stock and wrote that investors might have to wait three-to-five years before Lending Club could turn in a meaningful profit. Then on Thursday, Goldman Sachs introduced its own online-lending platform, Marcus, which will surely take some market share away from Lending Club in the higher credit-score tiers. On Friday, Lending Club also announced that it has tightened its credit standards and inched up its interest rates on certain loans, something that might make originations a little bit more difficult. Of the 749 hedge funds that we track which filed 13Fs for the June quarter, 24 were long $149.54 million worth of LendingClub Corp (NYSE:LC) shares on June 30, which accounted for 9.10% of the float.
On the next page we’ll examine the week that was for Mercadolibre, GoPro, and Amazon.