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Why Are These Four Stocks Declining on Monday?

Major stock indices inched down on Monday amid M&A-related and macroeconomic news and ahead of the two-day Fed meeting. Among the decliners are four stocks sliding on Monday on the back of different developments, including PGT, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGTI)Cirrus Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRUS)Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ:SFM), and Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE:HLX). Let’s take a closer look at what sent them down today and what the smart money sentiment is towards them.

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PGT, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGTI)‘s stock has slid by over 21% amid the release of the new home sales data for September, released earlier today. The sales drop comes after two straight months of increases and amounted to 11.5%, to 468,000 units on a seasonally-adjusted annual rate. This represented the lowest homes sales since November 2014, and has offset the bullish sentiment towards the sector. PGT, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGTI) is directly related to the sector, as it is engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of residential windows and doors. Also earlier today, Dougherty & Co downgraded the stock to ‘Neutral’ from ‘Buy’. PGT, Inc. is also not very popular among the funds we track, since only 18 out of over 730 such funds reported long positions equal to around 15% of the company as of the end of June. One of these funds was Jim Simons‘ Renaissance Technologies, which owned 3.10 million shares at the end of the second quarter.

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Shares of Cirrus Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRUS) have lost 13% today, two days before the company is scheduled to release its results for the previous quarter. Today’s decline comes on the back of investors’ concerns that the company will not be able to meet earnings expectations. The concerns are not unjustified, since earlier today, one of Cirrus Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRUS)’s peers in the semiconductor industry reported very weak financial results for the third quarter. The results also sparked a sell-off in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s stock a day before its own results, since Dialog, as a supplier, has a substantial part of its business tied to Apple. According to Cirrus Logic’s most recent 10-Q report, the company had around 62% of its total sales through Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in its first quarter of fiscal 2016. At the end of June, 25 funds from our database held long positions in Cirrus Logic, equal to 9.50% of its outstanding stock.

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