U.S. stock markets are mixed on Friday, following analogous corporate earnings, with the S&P and NASDAQ trading modestly up, and Dow Jones marginally down, mostly driven by a decline in energy stocks and weaker-than-anticipated GDP growth in the second quarter that was disclosed earlier today.
However, a few stocks, including Deckers Outdoor Corp (NYSE:DECK), Skypeople Fruit Juice Inc (NASDAQ:SPU), YRC Worldwide Inc (NASDAQ:YRCW), Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ:AVXL) and Amira Nature Foods Ltd (NYSE:ANFI) are gaining ground today. With this in mind, let’s take a look into the events that sent these stocks higher today, and assess what the funds in our database think about the companies in question.
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Deckers Outdoor Thrives On Double-Beat
Let’s start with Deckers Outdoor Corp (NYSE:DECK), which has risen by more than 2.8% on Friday, driven by better-than-expected fiscal first-quarter results. The company posted a net loss of $1.80 per share, beating the estimates by $0.27, while its revenue of $174.39 million topped the consensus estimate by $4.13 million, although same-store sales slid by 7.3%. The stock was also helped by a strong guidance, which includes fiscal second-quarter EPS between $1.12 and $1.22, compared to estimates of $1.19, while for the full fiscal 2017, the company expects EPS of $4.05 to $4.40. As of the end of the first quarter, 21 funds among those we track hold long stakes in Deckers Outdoor Corp (NYSE:DECK). The largest position was held by Richard Mashaal’s Senvest Management, which disclosed ownership of almost 1.5 million shares, valued at more than $89 million.
Skypeople Fruit Juice Skyrockets On Entry To Export Market
Next up is Skypeople Fruit Juice Inc (NASDAQ:SPU), which has gained roughly 5% today, after announcing it had formed a new unit that will operate “as a global trading and marketing platform to optimize Skypeople’s Hedetang fruit juice product portfolio,” according to a statement. Some analysts have already weighed in on the development, arguing that it should be value-accretive over the long-term, helping the company diversify geographically. At the end of the first quarter, Skypeople Fruit Juice Inc (NASDAQ:SPU) saw only five institutional investors among its shareholders, including Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, which held 17,051 shares.