Wall Street has opened to gains today, as positive earnings reports and M&A activity have increased bullish sentiment. Just 22 minutes after the opening bell tolled, the Dow is already up by 120 points, while the Nasdaq is 0.85% in the green, and the S&P 500 has rallied upwards by 0.6%.
In this article, we’ll examine four stocks that have contributed to the market’s positivity through M&A activity, which are B/E Aerospace Inc (NASDAQ:BEAV), Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE:COL), Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX), and AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). We’ll also check in on tech giant Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), whose shares are well in the green this morning, and examine hedge fund sentiment concerning all five stocks using SEC filings.
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B/E Aerospace Inc (NASDAQ:BEAV) shares have soared by 15.6% after Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE:COL) agreed to buy it for $34.10 in cash per share and $27.90 in shares of Rockwell Collins common stock, subject to a 7.5% collar. That translates to $62 per share, or $6.4 billion. Rockwell Collins is doing the deal because it expects the merger to accelerate growth and deliver run-rate pre-tax cost synergies of $160 million. In addition, the company expects the combination to deliver double-digit accretion to EPS in the first full fiscal year, with expected combined five-year free cash flow generation in excess of $6 billion. Although the deal sounds good in the long-term, traders have punished Rockewell Collins today to the tune of 5.07%, mainly because of shorting caused by merger arbitrage and the 22% premium that Rockwell paid to get the deal done.
B/E Aerospace and Rockwell Collins also each reported earnings today, with B/E beating both top and bottom-line estimates with third quarter EPS of $0.83 on revenue of $732.7 million. The Street was expecting $0.03 and $25.25 million less respectively. Meanwhile, Rockwell Collins earned $1.58 per share on revenue of $1.45 billion for its fiscal fourth quarter, versus Wall Street’s estimates of $1.57 and $1.48 billion respectively. Of the 749 hedge funds that we track which filed 13Fs for the June quarter, 33 were long B/E Aerospace Inc (NASDAQ:BEAV) on June 30, while and 17 were shareholders of Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE:COL).
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) shares have rallied by 1.7% after Heath Terry of Goldman Sachs raised his price target on it to $1,050 from $920 and maintained his ‘Conviction Buy’ rating. Terry thinks that Amazon will report third quarter sales of $33 billion, which would top the Street’s consensus of $32.7 billion. In addition, Terry is optimistic about Amazon’s fourth quarter and the continued growth of its cloud division. Ken Fisher‘s Fisher Asset Management lowered its stake in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) by 1% during the third quarter to 1.98 million shares.
On the next page we’ll find out why Time Warner and AT&T are each down today.