Although the three major indexes have each opened 1% higher, a number of stocks have lost ground in Tuesday intraday trading.
Among the losers today are Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:RGLS), Vista Gold Corp. (NYSEMKT:VGZ), Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc (NYSE:BW), Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX), and COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR). In this article, we analyze why traders are selling and see how the funds in our database are positioned towards them.
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Regulus’ RG-101 on Clinical Hold
Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:RGLS) shares have fallen almost 50% after the FDA verbally notified the biotech that its IND for lead drug candidate RG-101 has been placed on full clinical hold. The FDA put the IND on hold after Regulus reported a second serious adverse event of jaundice. RG-101 is a potential drug candidate for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus. Of the 766 funds we track, 14 funds owned $24.95 million worth of Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:RGLS)’s stock, which accounted for 6.80% of the float on March 31, versus 13 funds and $47.35 million, respectively, on December 31.
Babcock & Wilcox Trims Guidance
Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc (NYSE:BW) shares are 21% lower after the company cut its fiscal 2016 adjusted EPS guidance to $0.63-$0.83 from $1.25-$1.45. Analysts were expecting $1.38 per share on sales of $1.8 billion. One reason for the lower EPS guidance is that Babcock will proactively restructure its power business to adjust for lower U.S. coal generation. The company will eliminate over 200 positions in North America immediately and undertake other cost saving measures to make its coal business more efficient and cost competitive. Another reason for the lower guidance is a charge to correct an engineering design error for a new build renewable energy plant in Europe. The number of funds in our database with holdings in Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc (NYSE:BW) rose by four quarter-over-quarter to 26 at the end of March.
On the next page, we find out why traders are selling Vista Gold, Barrick Gold Corporation (USA), and COMSCORE Inc.