Why Did These Stocks Jump Today?

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While the stock market has been unable to maintain its rally today after a strong start, it is holding steady into afternoon trading as it looks to close out a second successive week of gains. Leading the charge today are four stocks from the tech and mining industries which have made big gains today. Let’s find out why the market has a taste for these stocks and whether retail investors own appetites should be whetted.



  • Investors with Long Positions (as of June 30): 75
  • Aggregate Value of Investors’ Holdings (as of June 30): $11.81 Billion
  • Percentage of Shares Owned by Investors: 25.30%

One of the most popular stocks among the elite investors tracked by Insider Monkey, JD.Com Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:JD) has gained slightly more than 4% today. Investors appear to be buoyed by the Chinese online retailer’s ambitious push into, as well as collaboration with, other territories. In addition to making a move into the Russian market, JD.Com just launched German Mall, which will bring products from a host of top German brands to the online retailer’s service. It’s the latest such country-specific portal to be added to the service.

JD.Com Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:JD) was quite popular among the billionaire investors that we track, as well as ‘Tiger Cubs’ such as Chase Coleman and Stephen Mandel. Coleman cited in a recent Tiger Global investor letter that JD.Com has a huge advantage when entering new markets like the Russian one, given its “retail leapfrogging” ability, as it can quickly launch a service without many of the intermediary steps needed by a brick-and-mortar chain expanding into a new market. JD.Com is Tiger Global’s largest position, being valued at $2.39 billion on June 30.

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Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY)

  • Investors with Long Positions (as of June 30): 17
  • Aggregate Value of Investors’ Holdings (as of June 30): $76.16 Million
  • Percentage of Shares Owned by Investors: 2.70%

Getting back to our stock analyses, let’s check in on Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY), the first of two gold stocks to make the list. Yamana has gained over 5% to push its weekly gains to an impressive 33%, as gold prices make gains in tandem with the decline of the U.S dollar. The latter has fallen amid both weak U.S jobs data and the revelation that the Fed will likely delay an interest rate hike into early next year.

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Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY) shares were held by one more investor in our database on June 30 than on March 31, and while the value of their aggregate holdings declined by about 17.3% during the second quarter, shares declined by about 16% during that time, accounting for much of the dip. Phil Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management held an even 12.0 million shares of Yamana Gold on June 30, more than four-times greater than any other investor in our database.

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