Buzz Stocks: Lennar Corp, Atmel Corp, and Uniqure

Today's stocks to watch include Lennar Corporation (LEN), Atmel Corporation (ATML), and Uniqure NV (QURE)

Sep 21, 2015 at 10:01 AM
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U.S. benchmarks are higher this morning, after three Fed officials called for a rate hike before the year closes. Today's equities in focus are homebuilder Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN), microcontroller corporation Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML), and pharmaceutical firm Uniqure NV (NASDAQ:QURE).

  1. LEN is 2% higher at $52.85 this morning, after reporting far better-than-expected earnings. Lennar Corporation attributed the performance to an ongoing recovery in the housing market -- leading to higher sales and higher selling prices. Technically, LEN enjoys support from its 10-month moving average, which has escorted the stock 18% higher in 2015. Option players, analysts, and short sellers all lean to the bearish side for LEN (a set-up all too familiar among homebuilders), though. At last check, 12.4% of LEN's float is sold short, representing nearly six sessions' worth of pent-up buying demand, at the stock's average pace of trading. Should this morning's news spook the bears out of their pessimistic positions, LEN could enjoy a short-covering rally.
  • QURE initially jumped out of the gate -- notching a new all-time high of $36.38 -- but has since turned 4.1% lower to sit at $32.05. The company said early stage studies demonstrated that its experimental gene therapy for Sanfilippo B syndrome was found safe and effective. Perhaps QURE traders are taking profits; Uniqure NV has more than doubled in 2015, and has added 21.5% in September alone. This performance has caught the attention of analysts, as all 10 of the brokerages tracking QURE rate it a "strong buy." 

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