Today’s Trending Stocks: Pioneer, Ariad, Hershey, and 2 More

Crude futures are in the red today as sentiment around the commodity cools off. Meanwhile the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 are relatively flat as traders digest the latest earnings releases. Among the stocks in the news today are Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD), Hershey Co (NYSE:HSY), Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALXN), Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIA), and Goldcorp Inc. (USA) (NYSE:GG). Let’s take a closer look at why the five companies are in the spotlight and see how hedge funds are positioned in them.

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Pioneer Losses Narrower Than Expected

Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) shares are 3% in the green today after the company reported a loss of $0.22 per share on sales of $786 million for its second quarter. Analysts were expecting a loss of $0.36 per share on revenue around $805.5 million. Pioneer’s bottom-line results were ahead of estimates in part due to strong production numbers. Total production for the period rose by 5% year-over-year to 233,000 BOE per day, while oil production jumped by 10%. There could be more production growth ahead as management increased its 2016 capex budget by $100 million to $2.1 billion. Andreas Halvorsen‘s Viking Global owned more than 2.5 million shares of Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) at the end of the first quarter.

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Strong Results at Hershey 

Hershey Co (NYSE:HSY) shares are up by 2% after the consumer staples company beat both top- and bottom-line estimates with its second quarter results. For the three months ended June 30, Hershey earned $0.85 per share on sales of $1.64 billion, beating the consensus estimates by $0.07 and $30 million respectively. Second quarter net sales increased by 3.7% year-over-year and the company updated its 2016 outlook to $4.24-to-$4.28 in adjusted EPS. 21 hedge funds in our system were long Hershey Co (NYSE:HSY) as of March 31.

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On the next page we’ll examine why Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Ariad Pharmaceuticals, and Goldcorp Inc are all trending this afternoon.