Why Traders Are Buzzing About Qualcomm, NXP, Alkermes, Cerecor, and More

Although the earnings reports from various tech giants have grabbed most of the attention today, several other companies are also trending.

In this article, we’ll examine the associated reasons why QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM), NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI), DXP Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:DXPE), Alkermes Plc (NASDAQ:ALKS), and Cerecor Inc (NASDAQ:CERCare among the stocks in the spotlight this morning. We’ll also dig into 13F filings to determine hedge fund sentiment towards each stock.

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According to Bloomberg, QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM)‘s potential purchase of NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI) is moving closer to the finish line. According to the article’s sources, the two parties are said to be in the final stages of talks and a deal could be announced as early as next week, though of course, there is also no guarantee that a deal will go through. The purchase price for NXP is said to be between $110 and $120 per share and the deal will likely be all-cash.

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Of the two companies, the smart money liked NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI) more, despite it being far smaller than QUALCOMM, as 57 funds in our system were long NXP at the end of June, compared to 48 funds long QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM).

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A day after falling by 17% due to weak preliminary results, DXP Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:DXPE) shares are down again in extended market trading after it announced the commencement of a primary public offering of 2.7 million shares of common stock. The company intends to use the proceeds of the offering to pay down its outstanding credit facility borrowings. DXP also intends to grant the underwriters of the offering a 30-day option to buy up to an additional 405,000 shares. Jim Simons‘ Renaissance Technologies cut its stake in DXP Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:DXPE) by 10% in the second quarter to 269,400 shares at the end of June.

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On the next page we’ll examine why Alkermes and Cerecor are surging.