Why These Five Stocks Are Gaining Ground Today

The US stocks rallied on Wednesday after the dovish comments from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen on Tuesday. Among the prominent stocks that registered substantial gains on a strong trading volume are ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD), Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE), and Gerdau SA (ADR) (NYSE:GGB). Let’s take a closer look at the reasons behind the growth of these stocks and see the smart money sentiment surrounding them.

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ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD) surged by approximately 12% this morning after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted 12-2 in the favor of the company regarding its pimavanserin drug for the treatment for psychosis associated with Parkinson’s disease. The FDA committee announced on Tuesday that the benefits of the ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD)’s drug outweigh its risks. The biopharmaceutical company’s stock has jumped to reach its two-month high on the back of the news. Overall, 24 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held positions in ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD) at the end of fourth quarter and the total value of these positions stood at approximately $928.9 million representing some 25.80% of the company’s stock. Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group owns approximately 1.1 million shares of the company.

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Canadian yoga-wear retailer Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU)’s stock has gained 10% after the company declared fourth-quarter and full-year results for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2016. The company reported fourth-quarter net income of $117.4 million at $0.85 per share, beating the Wall Street’s estimates of 80 cents a share. Revenue jumped by 17% on the year to $704.3 million, easily beating the consensus estimate of $693.8 million. Lululemon expects its revenue to be at $2.34 billion from $2.29 billion for the full year. Diluted earnings per share are estimated to be around $2.05 to $2.15 for the full year. A total of 22 hedge funds out of those tracked by us held long positions in Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) at the end of 2015, versus 33 funds a quarter earlier. The total value of hedge funds’ positions went up to approximately $728.8 million from around $837.3 million. Among the notable shareholders, billionaire Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital holds around 6 million shares of the company.

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock has inched up by some 1% during early trading on Wednesday after the investment firm Cowen & Co.  upgraded the rating for the company to “outperform” from “market perform”. The price target estimates were also revised to $135 from $125. Cowen & Co. cited the upcoming launch of iPhone 7 as a primary reason behind the upgrade. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock reached a 3-month high following the market upgrade and the ensuing positive investor sentiment. Overall, 133 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions Apple heading into 2016, having amassed  $17 billion. 3% of the total Apple stock is owned by the hedge funds tracked by us. Carl Icahn’s Icahn Capital LP owns approximately 45 million shares of the company.

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Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE)’s stock surged by approximately 4.5% this morning after several research investment firms and organizations, including HSBC and Bank of America upgraded the rating for the mining company. Another important reason behind Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE)’s rise is the Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen’s market-friendly speech in which he said that the central bank has no intentions to increase the interest rates. At the end of the fourth quarter, 18 hedge funds out of those tracked by us held stakes in Vale SA. The total value of this investment is approximately $147.3 million. A total of 0.90% of the company’s stock is owned by the hedge funds tracked by us. Kurt Billick’s Bocage Capital owns approximately 1.2 million shares of the company.

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Gerdau SA (ADR) (NYSE:GGB)‘s stock rose by 11% on Wednesday morning following the Bank of America Merrill Lynch recommendation to buy the Brazilian company. Analyst Felipe Hirai also upgraded the rating for Gerdau SA (ADR) (NYSE:GGB) to “Buy” from “Underperform”. Hirai said that long steel is a favorable market because it would get benefits from the growth recovery in Brazil. Overall, 10 hedge funds tracked by us held long positions in Gerdau SA (ADR) (NYSE:GGB) at the end of the fourth quarter, holding $52.7 million worth of stock. Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital reported the ownership of approximately 19 million shares of the company.

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