With volatility on Wall Street low, traders are looking forward to Friday’s release of the personal income and outlays report as a potential catalyst for more movement in the indexes.
In this article, we’ll analyze five stocks that traders are talking about today, which include Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB), Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL), and Seadrill Ltd (NYSE:SDRL). We’ll also use the latest 13F data to see how the smart money is positioned in each stock.
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Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) is in the spotlight after Reuters reported that the U.S. government has given the green light for Boeing to sell around $7 billion in fighter jets to Qatar and Kuwait. The sales of the jets, which are of the F-15 and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet variety, were pending for over two years due to some concerns made by Israel. Some think the government has given the green light to the sales due to the need to reassure allies of America’s commitment to its Allies in the Middle East after the Iran nuclear deal. Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management raised its stake in Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) by 23% in the second quarter to just over 1.1 million shares as of the end of June.
The bad news keeps on coming for Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO). According to the Wall Street Journal, security firm InfoArmor says that it was criminal hackers that broke into Yahoo’s database, driven by commercial reasons, not a state-sponsored group as the internet giant has said it suspects. Yahoo recently revealed that certain information of over 500 million of its users was compromised by a data breach in 2014. Jeffrey Smith‘s Starboard Value reported owning a long position of almost 12.3 million shares in Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), good for 16.34% of the value of the fund’s public equity portfolio as of the end of June.
On the next page we’ll find out why investors are buzzing about Schlumberger, Halliburton, and Seadrill.