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Shares of H&R Block (HRB) were volatile in trading on Tuesday after it was reported that the company will have an exclusive deal with Walmart for a do-it-yourself tax software available through walmart. This news caused an immediate rally with shares spiking to 27.49 before retreating quickly. HRB shares settled at 26.63, up +1.02% for the session. Keep an eye on the stock for further potential movement.

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Shares of Lowe’s (LOW) rose sharply in trading on Friday after news hit that the hedge fund D.E. Shaw had taken a substantial stake in the company as an activist. Initially this was a rumor, but was later confirmed on Friday after the initial report from CNBC. D.E. Shaw expressed concern over Lowe’s performance relative to its peers, such as Home Depot, as well as expressing the desire to push the company to merge with another company in order to improve its standing. LOW shares closed up +5.35% on Friday to settle at 100.86. Keep an eye on the stock going forward as the company for further developments.

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Shares of DST Systems (DST) rose sharply in trading on Wednesday after it was reported that the company was being pursued for a $5.6B buyout by SS&C Technologies Inc.  This would translate into a buyout price per share of just over $84 in cash. Negotiations are still in progress. The stock is likely to open near this buyout price since a deal is likely. However, keep an eye on the stock as the buyout price might be increased or negotiations might fall through. DST shares closed at 79.89, up +14.74%.

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Shares of DST Systems (DST) rose sharply in trading on Wednesday after it was reported that the company was being pursued for a $5.6B buyout by SS&C Technologies Inc.  This would translate into a buyout price per share of just over $84 in cash. Negotiations are still in progress. The stock is likely to open near this buyout price since a deal is likely. However, keep an eye on the stock as the buyout price might be increased or negotiations might fall through. DST shares closed at 79.89, up +14.74%.

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Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) were unusually volatile in trading on Tuesday as traders absorbed a variety of news releases on the company. Firstly, MSFT revealed that it would halt patches for AMD chips due to harmful side effects of the patch. This sent AMD shares lower, and MSFT shares also dipped briefly after this news but then quickly recovered and the stock rallied higher on a partnership announcement between WWE and NextVR that will allow virtual reality highlights to be downloaded in the Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality software. MSFT was also upgraded by Oppenheimer. MSFT shares closed at 88.22, down -0.07% for the session.

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Shares of GoPro (GPRO) were down sharply in trading on Monday after the company chose to warn the market that the company would report very week results for Q4 2017. The company also reported it would lay off 20% of its workforce, discontinue its drone business, and was rumored to be considering selling itself. The latter rumor was later denied by GoPro, thus ending any speculation of a pending sale. Shares of GPRO closed at 6.56, down -12.77%. Keep an eye on the stock for further developments.

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Shares of Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) rose +11.88% to close at 23.55 in trading on Friday due to speculation that the company may soon be bought out. The Wall Street Journal reported that Acorda is currently exploring a potential sale of the company, and the company is already facing strong competition from generic manufacturers, thus adding to the likelihood of a future sale. Keep an eye on ACOR for further developments to this story.

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Shares of Tesla bounced back from a sharp decline after the company reveal on January 3rd after market hours that Model 3 deliveries had reached about half of their target. The stock preceded to drop from 317.00 before the news down to as low as 305.68 in trading going into the opening of Thursday’s session. However, they then preceded to bounce back to as high as 318.53 before settling the day at 314.62, down about -0.83% for the session. Part of the reason for the bounce back is that many Tesla enthusiasts expected the company to deliver even fewer Model 3’s than the company ended up doing, and thus the results were better than expected in that sense. Expect more volatility going forward for TSLA as traders continue to digest the future prospects of the company.

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Shares of Allergan (AGN) were volatile in trading on Wednesday after it was reported that the company plans to eliminate 1,000 currently filled jobs. This would amount to a nearly 10% reduction in its workforce. The company stated that this move was designed to offset the impact of increased competition on its bottom line. AGN shares closed down -0.11% at 170.14, but traded as low as 168.82 and as high as 172.47 during the session. Keep an eye on the stock for further potential volatility.

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Shares of Weight Watchers (WTW) were volatile in trading on Tuesday due to news that contemporary music icon DJ Khaled is becoming a brand ambassador for the company. Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement of the company sent shares soaring in the recent past, so the addition of DJ Khaled with his particular appeal to younger people could significantly boost the brand’s appeal to a wider audience. WTW shares settled at 47.83, up +8.04% for the session.

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