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JCPenney Trial Ending; Herbalife’s Added Billionaire; Yelp Losing Less; Boston Beer Bubbles

Dan Berman
Hot Stock Minute
JCPenney Trial Ending; Herbalife’s Added Billionaire; Yelp Losing Less; Boston Beer Bubbles

JCPenney (JCP) has jumped more than 6% in early trading. Shares plunged more than 10% yesterday afternoon on a report in the New York Post which said lender CIT was no longer giving money to Penney's clothing suppliers. This morning, however, JCP said that's simply not true. Now attention turns to Martha Stewart, where a judge could rule today in a tug of war between Penney's and Macy's (M) over who can sell home decor from the domestic diva. Shares of Penney are down 30% year-to-date. If you want a tale of two retailers, Macy's stock is up 26% in the same period.

Herbalife (HLF) is now two billionaires against one. Shares soared 9% yesterday on reports that George Soros has taken a large stake in the company. No comment from Soros himself but Herbalife is now said to be one of his top three holdings. Shares had already shot-up on Tuesday after the company reported earnings, so the gains over the past week top 15%. Of course, Soros finds himself on the same side as Carl Icahn in the billionaire battle over the supplement maker. Pershing Square's Bill Ackman has shorted the stock and says he may ask the SEC to look into Soros' trade.

Yelp (YELP) has been up more than 8% since reporting earnings after yesterday's closing bell. The company posted losses of a penny a share, but expectations had been for a loss of 4-cents. As for revenue, it was nearly 4% above consensus at $55-million. Key here: Yelp's mobile ad revenue is growing fast. It now stands at 40% of total ads, close to the number Facebook reported last week. Yelp also says it's number of monthly users is up 38%. Shares had already ascended 112% year-to-date. This morning's rise brings the stock to a new all-time high.

There's something for shareholders of Boston Beer (SAM) to toast. The maker of Sam Adams beer saw its stock rise nearly 10% yesterday. Share prices climbed on earnings. The company beat estimates by a dime posting profits of $1.45 a share. Revenue was also higher than expected thanks to an increase in advertising. Prior to the climb we're seeing at this hour, shares have been up 28% year-to-date.