Source: ThinkstockMay 23, 2017: The S&P 500 closed higher on the day, up 0.2% at 2,398.45. Separately the DJIA closed up 0.2% as well at 20,938.59. The Nasdaq closed relatively flat at 6,138.71.
Although the broad markets had a positive day even if it was only slightly. Crude oil continued to push higher again on Tuesday back above $50 and now above $51. The main drag on the markets that kept them from pushing higher was retailers and a handful of tech stocks. Otherwise, the S&P 500 sectors were more or less positive across the board with a few exceptions. We saw the biggest gains in financial stocks and health care stocks. While crude was posting another strong day, oil & gas stocks were only slightly higher.
Crude oil broke the $50 level Monday and continued even higher on Tuesday. Crude was last trading higher on the day up 0.6% at $51.44.
top mutual funds: Opexa Therapeutics, Inc.(OPXA)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Opexa Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OPXA) shares were also up, gaining 66 percent to $1.08 after the company announced plans to acquire Acer Therapeutics.
- [By Elizabeth Balboa]
Opexa Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OPXA) and Acer Therapeutics announced a merger that will result in 11.2-percent ownership by current Opexa shareholders and 88.8-percent ownership by current Acer shareholders.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Opexa Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OPXA) shares dropped 70 percent to $1.02 after the company disclosed that its top-line results from Phase 2b Abili-T trial evaluating Tcelna did not meet primary endpoint.
top mutual funds: Zillow Group, Inc.(Z)
- [By Steve Symington]
The stock market was mostly flat today ahead of a key House vote on the passage of the Republicans’ healthcare bill, which was delayed until Friday after GOP lawmakers failed to gather the necessary support. TheDow Jones Industrial Averagelost just 5 points, or 0.02%, while other broader market indexes saw similar small declines. But several individual stocks saw much more severe drops, including Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z) (NASDAQ:ZG), Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT), and Accenture (NYSE:ACN). Read on to see what drove these unusual moves.
- [By Nelson Hem]
Also in this week’s Barron’s:
A special report on strategic beta ETFs How to take advantage of underpriced stocks Who is in denial about the death of the personal computer market Finding the best value mutual funds Finding value in big stocks and emerging markets How mining companies are striving for sustainability Why Zillow Group, Inc.-Class C (NASDAQ: Z) could fall 25 percent Six unconventional yield plays for an uncertain market Why Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) investors may lose in hot IPO
Disclosure: At the time of this writing, the author had no position in the mentioned equities.
- [By Steve Symington]
Shares of Zillow Group Inc. (NASDAQ:Z)(NASDAQ:ZG)climbed 13.8% in the month of April,according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence, ahead of the online real estate specialist’s impending first-quarter 2017 report.
top mutual funds: Fifth Street Asset Management Inc.(FSAM)
- [By Lisa Levin] Related LOV Match Group And Spark Networks: A Valentine's Day Case Study 20 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Thursday Related VKTX 15 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Tuesday 18 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Wednesday Companies Reporting Before The Bell Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $690.27 million. General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $3.84 billion. Coca-Cola European Partners Plc (NYSE: CCE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.72 billion. Lands' End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $459.43 million. Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $145.91 million. Cheetah Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: CMCM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $178.04 million. Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $90.05 million. Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) is projected to post earnings for its first quarter. Fifth Street Asset Management Inc (NASDAQ: FSAM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $25.12 million.
- [By Jordan Wathen]
Last week,The Wall Street Journal broke the news that Fifth Street Asset Management (NASDAQ:FSAM) was on the auction block, apparently for the second time.
top mutual funds: Limelight Networks Inc.(LLNW)
- [By Lisa Levin] Related Chardan Analyst Suggests An AveXis-Ionis Pair Trade Why The Biogen-Ionis News Is A Boon For AveXis AveXis' (AVXS) CEO Sean Nolan on Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha) Related CLBS Earnings Scheduled For March 17, 2017 15 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Thursday Caladrius Biosciences beats by $0.07, beats on revenue (Seeking Alpha) Gainers Caladrius Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLBS) shares rose 20.2 percent to $6.13 in pre-market trading after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss. Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 12.3 percent to $3.20 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it has licensed LNP delivery technology to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) for use in single messenger RNA product candidate. AveXis Inc (NASDAQ: AVXS) rose 12.2 percent to $81.66 in pre-market trading after the company reported topline data from Phase 1 trial of AVXS-101. TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares rose 10.5 percent to $2.43 in pre-market trading after surging 109.52 percent on Thursday. ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. (NASDAQ: IMOS) rose 9.8 percent to $17.45 in pre-market trading after declining 0.44 percent on Thursday. Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO) rose 8.3 percent to $3.38 in pre-market trading after climbing 23.81 percent on Thursday. Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) rose 7.6 percent to $2.99 in pre-market trading after surging 12.55 percent on Thursday. Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) rose 5.2 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading. Steel Dynamics expects Q1 earnings of $0.77 to $0.81 per diluted share. The company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1550 per common share. Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE)
top mutual funds: HealthEquity, Inc.(HQY)
- [By Lee Jackson]
These companies also reported insider buying last week: Cidara Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTX), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), HealthEquity Inc. (NASDAQ: HQY), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX) and PolarityTE Inc. (NASDAQ: COOL).
top mutual funds: Cheniere Energy, Inc.(LNG)
- [By Manikandan Raman]
Bays said the momentum would boost fortunes for projects like Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LNG)’s Corpus Christi, Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (ASX:LNG)’s Magnolia, and Tellurian Inc (NASDAQ: TELL)’s Driftwood LNG project, among others.
- [By Brian Feroldi, Chuck Saletta, Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]
With that in mind, we asked a team of Fools each to highlight a stock that a billionaire investor has been selling recently. Read on to see why they chose Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG), and Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY).
- [By Craig Jones]
Pete Najarian noticed that somebody bought 17,000 contracts of the July 55 calls in Cheniere Energy, Inc.(NYSE: LNG) for $0.60. He followed the trade and he is planning to hold it until expiration. The trade breaks even at $55.60 or 9.90 percent higher.