Why NVIDIA, Manitowoc, Union Pacific, and More Are in the Spotlight

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Although a constitutional crisis might occur if Hillary Clinton wins on November 8 but Donald Trump refuses to concede, the markets aren’t that concerned, as the major indexes are relatively unchanged and the VIX “fear index” is below 15.

In this article, we’ll examine five stocks that are in the spotlight this Thursday afternoon, including NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), Manitowoc Company Inc (NYSE:MTW), Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP), CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS), and Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB). In addition to the latest rumblings, we’ll also check in with the smart money to analyze hedge fund sentiment towards them.

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Traders are keeping a close eye on NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) after Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) announced that all of the vehicles it is producing will be loaded with fully-functioning self-driving hardware. Given that Tesla vehicles will use Nvidia’s Titan GPU to process various data, the announcement is good news for NVIDIA long-term. Not surprisingly, shares of NVIDIA are up by 1.4% in afternoon trading. Fang Zheng‘s Keywise Capital Management raised its stake in NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) by 7% in the second quarter to 1.15 million shares, with the position accounting for 28.35% of the value of the fund’s U.S. public equity portfolio at the end of June.

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Manitowoc Company Inc (NYSE:MTW) shares are off by 10% after the company provided disappointing preliminary third quarter results. For the period, the company expects net sales of around $350 million, which is considerably lower than the $438 million that it pulled in during the third quarter of 2015. The company’s adjusted operating loss is expected to be $31 million, compared to a loss of $8 million for the same period of last year.

“Orders and backlog for the company declined double digits during the third quarter, and these trends have continued into the fourth quarter. Subsequently, we’ve significantly reduced our production build schedules for Mobile products to reflect these lower incoming order rates. In addition, we are accelerating the relocation of the Manitowoc crawler production to Shady Grove, taking additional headcount reductions, reducing other non-employee costs, and temporarily shutting-down certain mobile production lines during the fourth quarter,” CEO Barry Pennypacker said.

Of the 749 hedge funds that we track which filed 13Fs for the June quarter, 27 funds owned $215.19 million in Manitowoc Company Inc (NYSE:MTW) holdings on June 30, which accounted for 28.80% of the float.

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On the next page we’ll find out why Union Pacific, CBS, and Viacom are trending.

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