Many traders are watching various insurers and Florida-based companies as Hurricane Matthew is expected to wreak havoc on Friday.
In addition to watching hurricane-related stocks, traders are also keenly watching the price action associated with Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE:RT), Mistras Group Inc (NYSE:MG), Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE:DB), QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM), and NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI). Let’s find out why each stock has their attention and see what the smart money thinks of them.
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Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE:RT) is in the red after the company reported the results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2017, which amounted to a loss of $0.11 per share on sales of $256.65 million. Although the company’s bottom-line was in-line with the Street’s expectations, revenue dipped by 8.2% year-over-year, due in part to a net reduction of 109 company-owned restaurants as well as a 2.7% decrease in same-restaurant sales. Some traders didn’t like the fact that Ruby Tuesday suspended guidance either, with Ruby Tuesday saying:
“The Company plans to accelerate the execution of its Fresh Start Initiatives under new leadership to better address the challenges currently facing the business, and as a result is discontinuing providing guidance so that it can focus on long-term strategic objectives.”
Steve Tannenbaum‘s Greenwood Investments inched up its stake in Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE:RT) by 6% in the second quarter, to 884,296 shares on June 30.
Mistras Group Inc (NYSE:MG) shares have fallen by more than 5% in after-hours trading after the company reported mixed results for its own fiscal 2017 first quarter. Although Mistras’ bottom-line for the period beat estimates by $0.02 per share with EPS of $0.22, the company’s top-line missed by $5.96 million, falling by 6.3% year-over-year to revenue of $168.44 million. Profits exceeded estimates in part due to gross profit margin for the period inching up by 120 basis points year-over-year and adjusted EBITDA margin rising by 0.2 percentage points to 12.6% from the comparable period of its previous fiscal year. The company’s outlook may be the real reason for Mistras’ decline, as it lowered its fiscal year 2017 EPS outlook to $0.88-to-$0.97 from the previous $0.99-to-$1.12 range. Of the 749 hedge funds that we track which filed 13Fs for the June quarter, 12 owned shares of Mistras Group Inc (NYSE:MG) as of June 30.
On the next page we’ll examine why traders are watching Deutsche Bank AG (USA), QUALCOMM, and NXP Semiconductors NV.