With several major tech companies due to report earnings in the coming days, the NASDAQ and S&P 500 are strangely quiet. The NASDAQ is off by just one-quarter of a percentage point, while the S&P 500 is flat. Among the stocks that aren’t quiet today are ICON PLC (NASDAQ:ICLR), Amira Nature Foods Ltd (NYSE:ANFI), Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE:B), Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRWD), and JD.Com Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ:JD), the shares of which are all getting beat down by investors today. Let’s find out why investors are selling and see what world-class hedge funds think of each stock.
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ICON in the Red After Earnings
ICON PLC (NASDAQ:ICLR) shares have declined by 8.2% after the company reported mixed first quarter financial results. For the January-to-March period, Icon earned $1.12 per share on sales of $400.52 million, beating the bottom-line estimate by $0.01 per share but missing the top-line consensus mark by $13.83 million. Although the company’s backlog rose by 9% year-over-year to $3.95 billion, ICON reported net debt of $100 million as of the end of March, compared to a net cash balance of $172 million on March 31, 2015. The net debt balance was $58 million better than that of the previous quarter, however. The number of top funds that we track that owned shares of ICON PLC (NASDAQ:ICLR) dropped by six to 21 during the fourth quarter. Those 21 funds owned 4.5% of ICON’s float.
Amira Nature Foods Reports Disappointing First Half of Fiscal Year 2016 Results
Amira Nature Foods Ltd (NYSE:ANFI) is almost one-fifth lower today after the company reported EPS of $0.38 on sales of $231.7 million for the first half of fiscal year 2016, ended September 30, 2015. Sales declined by 17.3% year-over-year while adjusted EBITDA fell to $30.5 million from $38.8 million. CEO Bruce Wacha discussed some of the challenges faced by the company during the fiscal period in a press release:
“We faced an extremely challenging first half of fiscal 2016 which included current industry trends toward lower pricing, currency translation, three years of re-audits, certain litigations and other temporary short term related business disruptions that required increased financial resources and management time.”
Amira Nature Foods Ltd (NYSE:ANFI) has had some accounting difficulties in the past. Of the 786 active funds that we track, five of them owned slightly under $2 million worth of Amira’s shares at the end of 2015.
On the next page we analyze why Barnes Group Inc, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc, and JDCom Inc(ADR) are all trading lower today.