It's Wednesday morning and traders are talking about the potential for the Fed to cuts rates if inflation dissapoints and also the AmCham China chairman Tim Stratford's comments that some of its members are worried about China's response to the U.S. adding Huawei to its 'entity list', which hurts the tech company's ability to do various business with American companies. Among the other stocks traders are watching today include CVR Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CVI), Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN), Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN), OncoSec Medical Incorporated (NASDAQ:ONCS), and LiqTech International Inc (NASDAQ:LIQT). Let's analyze each further and see how the smart money is positioned among them.
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CVR Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CVI) is on watch after the company announced that it has hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor to help it evaluate potential strategic alternatives, including a possible sale. Management has no defined timeline for the exploration and there i no assurances that the evaluation will lead to any transaction. CVR Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CVI) was in 22 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of December. CVI investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with CVI positions at the end of the previous quarter.
Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN) is in the red after the company reported EPS of $0.23 versus the consensus of $0.43 for Q1. Revenue was also softer at $3.35 billion, versus the consensus of $3.57 billion. The company also cut FY 19 net revenue guidance to down 2% to flat range from the previous up 1-2%. Of the around 700-740 elite funds we track, 23 funds owned $223.5 million of Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN) on December 31, versus 26 funds and $389.34 million respectively on September 30.
Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN) is in the spotlight after it reported first quarter EPS of $0.31 on sales of $864.4 million, versus the consensus of $0.25 and $855.65 million. Comparable retail segment net sales rose 1%. 28 top funds were long Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN) at the end of the fourth quarter, down 3 funds from the previous quarter.
OncoSec Medical Incorporated (NASDAQ:ONCS) is sharply lower in after hours is sharply lower in after hours on Tuesday after it announced a proposed public offering. The exact price and share size has yet to be disclosed.
LiqTech International Inc (NASDAQ:LIQT) is lower by around 12% after it announced a public offering of common stock. "LiqTech intends to use the net proceeds from this proposed offering to fund the growth of the business, including adding manufacturing capacity through equipment purchases, funding continued research and development efforts, for general corporate purposes, and the potential insourcing of currently outsourced manufacturing."