Buzz Stocks: Humana, Dollar Tree, Weight Watchers

Today's stocks to watch in the news include Humana Inc (NYSE: HUM), Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), and Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW)

Jul 6, 2015 at 9:58 AM
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U.S. stocks are sharply lower this morning, after Greek citizens rejected bailout terms yesterday. Among specific equities in focus are healthcare company Humana Inc (NYSE: HUM), discount retailer Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), and weight management services provider Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW).

  • Late Thursday, DLTR was given the okay by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to purchase Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (NYSE: FDO). This announcement puts to bed a year-long saga which saw FDO reject an earlier offer from Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG). Dollar Tree, Inc. -- which expects the deal to close today -- is currently up 0.4% at $80.10.   
  • According to The New York Post, WTW has drawn the attention of "at least one suitor," despite dropping 80% of its value in 2015. The article notes that the suitor is an "activist hedge fund." Against this backdrop, Weight Watchers International, Inc. has popped 20.8% to sit at $4.94. Short sellers could be getting spooked, as 43.27% of its float is sold short.

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