Why These Four Stocks Are Trading Higher on Friday

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While Wall Street began its descent on the performance chart on opening bell and slightly recovered in the first hours of trading, Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ:MNST), Tableau Software Inc (NYSE:DATA), Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ:QRVO) and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) rode on gains on Friday. Let’s take a closer look at the developments that stand behind their growth and see if the sentiment among the funds we track complies with today’s trends.

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Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ:MNST) booked a 43.6% net income growth at $174.6 million, or 84 cents per share, compared to $121.6 million, or $0.73 per share in the third quarter of 2014. The California-based company reported $756.6 million in net sales for the third quarter of 2015, reflecting a 19.0% increase from the $636.0 million reported in the third quarter of 2014. Operating income also jumped to $291.4 million in the most current quarter, from the $190.0 million which was reported in the prior-year period. During the company’s earnings conference call, Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ:MNST) said it partnered with the Coca-Cola Hellenic Group, which will be applied across 28 countries serviced by them for The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO). In the deal, Monster plans to transition its brand from existing distributors in Italy, Romania, Ukraine, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia to Hellenic. Moreover, Monster will expand its footprint in Russia through Hellenic before the year ends. Monster soared by more than 14% in active trading. Among the funds we track, a total of 27 held around 3% of the company’s outstanding stock at the end of June. Moreover, Clifford Fox’s Columbus Circle Investors reported ownership of 145,624 shares of Monster Beverage as of the end of September.

Tableau Software Inc (NYSE:DATA) celebrated its third quarter this year with over 3,100 new accounts, which brings the total client accounts to more than 35,000 worldwide. Tableau shares jumped 24% in brisk trading. During the quarter, the company also executed new partnerships, an expansion in China as well as an improved platform, Tableau 9.1, which gives users more flexibility. Tableau Software Inc (NYSE:DATA) reported non-GAAP operating income of $18.4 million for the third quarter of 2015, which significantly grew from the $8.7 million a year earlier. Meanwhile, total revenues for the third quarter of 2015, reached $170.8 million, up from the $104.5 million which was reported in the prior-year period. However, the company widened its net loss to $13.4 million, or $0.15, compared to the $4.6 million net loss, or $0.07, which was reported in the prior-year period. At the end of June, 38 funds from our database held nearly 17% of Tableau’s outstanding stock.

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