It’s a good day to be a bull on Wall Street. Not only are all three indexes well in the green in afternoon trading, but crude futures are trading higher as well.
Among the stocks outpacing the market are Tableau Software Inc (NYSE:DATA), Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAKT), Square Inc (NYSE:SQ), American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD), and Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ:NDSN). Let’s find out why these stocks are gaining ground today and what the smart money investors from our database think about them.
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Tableau Finds New CEO
Tableau Software Inc (NYSE:DATA) has advanced by over 13% after the company announced that Adam Selipsky will replace Christian Chabot in the role of CEO effective September 16. Selipsky currently serves as Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Support for Amazon Web Services and has spent a decade building it into one of the world’s most successful technology platforms. Tableau Software Inc (NYSE:DATA) bulls hope Selipsky can do the same thing for Tableau as well. Among the funds in our database, 34 funds held nearly 26% of Tableau Software Inc (NYSE:DATA)’s stock at the end of June.
Daktronics Higher Following Earnings Release
Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAKT) shares have risen 20% on the back of a strong earnings report for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. During the period (ended July 30), Daktronics earned $0.13 per share, versus estimates of $0.05 per share. The company also reported revenue of $157.1 million, which rose by 4.6% year-over-year and beat estimates by $10.35 million. In terms of outlook, Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAKT)’s management remains cautiously optimistic given the uncertain global macroeconomic factors that have caused some customers to delay their purchasing decisions. Nine funds tracked by us had a bullish position in Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAKT) at the end of June, up by three funds from the previous quarter.
On the next page, we examine Square, American Woodmark Corporation and Nordson Corporation.