On Tuesday, the US stock market has dipped with the Dow Jones and S&P 500 trading over 1% in the red amid weaker-than-anticipated manufacturing data from China and a stronger yen. Five stocks that are making the headlines today are Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), IMS Health Holdings Inc (NYSE:IMS) and Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc (NYSE:Q), Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc (NYSE:RYAM), and Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX). Apple is trending as it is trying to end its first eight-day losing streak since 1998, IMS and Quintiles have gained attention after they announced their merger, while the other two stocks are in the spotlight following the release of their earnings reports. Let’s take each stock individually and take a closer look at the news surrounding them.
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Let’s start with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), whose stock has gained over 1% so far today, after several days of losses that followed the release of its financial results for the last quarter. In addition, last week, activist billionaire Carl Icahn, who had been one of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s largest supporters, said he unloaded its position due to concerns over the company’s performance in China. Yesterday, CEO Tim Cook appeared on CNBC, where he expressed confidence regarding China and said that the sales in the region have been strong. Apple was among the most popular stocks from our database at the beginning of 2016, with 133 funds having disclosed long positions in the previous round of 13F filings. In its last 13F, billionaire Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management reported ownership of 11.32 million shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).
Stocks of IMS Health Holdings Inc (NYSE:IMS) and Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc (NYSE:Q) are both around 7% in the red after the former announced it would acquire the latter in an all-stock transaction worth $9 billion. Under the terms of the deal, IMS Health Holdings Inc (NYSE:IMS) shareholders will receive 0.384 share of Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc (NYSE:Q) for each share they own and will amass 51.4% of the combined business. At the end of the last year, 28 funds from our database held shares of IMS Health Holdings and 35 investors owned long positions in Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc (NYSE:Q), down by four and one over the quarter, respectively.
Let’s head to the next page, where we are going to discuss the latest financial results of Rayonier and Cognex Corporation.