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Why Are These Stocks Surging Today?

It’s been a pretty good day to be a bull on Wall Street on Tuesday. All three indexes are in the green, with the Dow up 122 points, the S&P now firmly above the key 2,000 level, and the NASDAQ index 1.3% higher.

Among the stocks that are trading above the market are GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO), Xencor Inc (NASDAQ:XNCR), Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI), and New Concept Energy, Inc. (NYSEMKT:GBR). Let’s find out why these stocks are gaining ground today and what the funds we track at Insider Monkey think about the companies in question.

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GoPro Rises After Competitor Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO) shares are around 1.70% in the green after wearable digital recorder maker iON Worldwide filed for bankruptcy protection. Due to competition and commoditization, iON’s revenue fell to $12.4 million in 2015 from greater than $25 million in 2014. The revenue drop caused cash flow problems that iON management could not dig out of. GoPro bulls hope the less competition will help the company sell more products for the coming quarters. Of the 766 elite funds we track, 16 funds owned $96.26 million worth of GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO)’s stock, which accounted for 5.90% of the float on March 31, versus 18 funds and $237.45 million, respectively, on December 31.

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Xencor Surges on Strategic Collaboration and License Agreement  

Xencor Inc (NASDAQ:XNCR) shares have surged by over 35% after the company announced it had entered into a collaboration and license agreement with Novartis to develop and commercialize new therapeutics, including XmAb14045  and XmAb 13676. Under the terms, the two parties will share costs for the worldwide development of the two drugs, and Xencor will maintain U.S. commercialization rights while Novartis will retain ex-U.S. commercialization rights. Xencor will receive $150 million in upfront payments, is eligible for milestone payments, and and will receive double digit royalties outside the U.S on its developed drugs. A total of 11 funds tracked by us had a long position in Xencor Inc (NASDAQ:XNCR) at the end of the first quarter, down by four funds from the previous quarter.

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On the next page, we examine Cisco Systems, Kinder Morgan, and New Concept Energy.