All three major indexes are over 1% in the green in the pre-market on Monday as polls show increased support for the ‘Remain’ side of the Brexit vote on Thursday. If a Brexit doesn’t happen, the global economy can continue to recover and corporate earnings can remain robust.
Among the stocks trending today are Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM), CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU), Cerus Corporation (NASDAQ:CERS), and Six Flags Entertainment Corp (NYSE:SIX). Let’s find out why traders are buzzing about these stocks and see what the funds from our database think about them.
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M&A Hurdles to Clear in the Healthcare Sector
Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM) and CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI) are trending today after the Wall Street Journal reported that antitrust regulators are skeptical about the merger of the two companies. The regulators specifically don’t think the two insurers can make enough concessions to ensure that competition remains beneficial to the consumer. Once completed, the merger between Cigna and Anthem would create the largest health insurer by members and yield substantial synergy opportunities. Due to the regulators’ skepticism, Anthem and CIGNA now expect a government decision on the merger by mid-July instead of the previous deadline, July 2. Without government support, the merger cannot go through and the two companies cannot unlock the synergies they hoped for. A total of 56 funds from our database owned $2.89 billion worth of Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM)’s stock and 61 funds owned $3.81 billion worth of CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI)’s stock at the end of March.
Fiat Chrysler Increases EV Efforts
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU) is in the spotlight after Bloomberg reported that CEO Sergio Marchionne is weighing adding fully electric vehicles to its line-up for the European market. The company currently sells an EV in North America, but loses a minimum of $10,000 for every EV it sells due to stringent California rules. Bulls hope that technology will improve enough and the scale will be big enough for EV’s to be profitable even with the strict rules. At the end of March 28 funds tracked by Insider Monkey owned shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU) at the end of the first quarter, unchanged from the previous quarter.
On the next page, we examine Cerus Corporation, and Six Flags Entertainment Corp.