Why 2U, Take-Two, Acadia, Air Lease and Acxiom Are Making Headlines Today

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U.S. stock indexes are up substantially in Friday trading, with the S&P 500 hitting record highs, driven by a surprisingly strong jobs report out of the U.S. Financial stocks are having a particularly strong day, rising by 1.5%, with bank stocks gaining nearly 3%.

Among the individual stocks on the move today are 2U Inc (NASDAQ:TWOU), Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD), Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL) and Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ:ACXM), all of which reported their latest quarterly results after the market close yesterday. In this article we’ll take a look at those companies performed and how their stocks are reacting to that performance, as well as see what the funds in our database think about these stocks.

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2U Sinks On Poor Guidance

Let’s start with 2U Inc (NASDAQ:TWOU), which has lost almost 3.3% in Friday trading, even though the company delivered top- and bottom-line beats on Thursday afternoon. The firm reported a second quarter net loss of $0.09 per share, $0.03 better than anticipated, on revenue of $49.1 million, which was up by more than 39% year-over-year, and $610K above the Street’s consensus estimate. However, guidance fell short of expectations. For the third quarter of the year, 2U’s management said that it envisions revenue of $49.9 million-to-$50.4 million, missing analysts’ target of $50.5 million.

As of the end of the first quarter, ten funds among those that we track were long 2U Inc (NASDAQ:TWOU). Among them was Columbus Circle Investors, which disclosed ownership of 1.12 million shares of the company.

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Take-Two Interactive Spikes On Strong GTA, NBA Sales

Opposite to 2U, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) is trading up by about 2.75% on Friday after the release yesterday afternoon of the company’s first quarter of fiscal year 2017 earnings report. The videogame maker delivered a net loss of $0.21 on revenue of $272.56 million for the quarter, beating the Street’s consensus targets by $0.08 and $13.14 million, respectively thanks to a strong performance from its Grand Theft Auto and NBA 2K franchises. For the ongoing quarter, management envisions adjusted EPS of $0.35-to-$0.45, well above the estimate of $0.22, and sales of $375 million-to-$425 million, also well ahead of expectations of $338 million.

42 funds among those that we track held long equity stakes in Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) at the end of March. The largest one was that of Ricky Sandler’s Eminence Capital, which owned 4.82 million shares when the first quarter came to a close.

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We’ll check out the quarterly results of three other companies on the next page.

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