Why Tesla, Facebook, Aetna and More Have Traders Buzzing Today

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All three indexes are in the red today as traders take profits off the table from the rally that ended last week, and Brexit worries resurface. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at why five stocks, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ), Hershey Co (NYSE:HSY), Aetna Inc (NYSE:AET), and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) are trending and examine what the world’s greatest investors think of each security.

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Tesla Drops on Soft Delivery Numbers

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is off by 3.3% today after the company reported lower than expected second quarter deliveries of 14,370 vehicles, missing estimates of 16,000 vehicles. Tesla cited “the extreme production ramp in Q2 and the high mix of customer-ordered vehicles still on trucks and ships at the end of the quarter” as reasons for the shortfall. Elon Musk and company still expect to produce and ship 50,000 vehicles in the second half of 2016, however. Of the 766 elite funds that we track, 39 owned $1.08 billion in Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) positions on March 31, up from 29 funds with $837.44 million worth of holdings on December 31.

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Hershey Showing Signs of Vulnerability

Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ) and Hershey Co (NYSE:HSY) are trending after Reuters published an article stating that Hershey’s “once impenetrable defenses are now looking weaker” given the investigation into the charitable trust that runs the company. The trust, which owns 81% of Hershey’s voting stock, is being probed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office for how it spends its money. The AG’s office has noted that the Trust fired its executive vice president this year for wire fraud concerning campaign contributions. The Attorney General has also asked for three more of the Trust’s employees to resign for other reasons. The Trust unanimously rejected Mondelez’s takeover bid of around $107 per share last week. 63 elite funds had long positions in Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ) at the end of the first quarter, up by six funds from the end of 2015. Meanwhile 21 funds owned shares of Hershey Co (NYSE:HSY) at the end of March, up by three from the start of the quarter.

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On the next page we find out why Aetna and Facebook have investors talking today.

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