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Autodesk Was the Leader while Alcoa Let Investors Down on October 9

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Stocks at the top

The top three stocks of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) on October 9 were Autodesk (ADSK), International Paper (IP), and Transocean (RIG). The stocks gained 9%, 5.2%, and 4.2%, respectively.

Autodesk (ADSK) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Netfabb, a Germany-based developer of software solutions for industrial design and manufacturing. Autodesk is anticipated to make a strategic investment in FIT Technology Group, the parent company of Netfabb. ADSK traded at $51.57 on Friday, October 9, above its 100-day, 50-day, and 20-day moving averages, implying an upwards trend in its price movement. Its trailing five-day return was 17.2%. The trading volume of ADSK surged to 9,182,547 shares on Friday from a five-day average volume of 4,792,048 shares. The stock has earned three “hold” recommendations, 15 “buy” recommendations, and two “sell” recommendations. The stock is rated as “stable” by Moody’s and S&P.

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The above graph shows the performance of ADSK in relation to the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) and its peer company Adobe Systems (ADBE) since September 2015.

Stocks at the bottom

The stocks at the bottom of SPY on October 9 were Alcoa (AA), Southwestern Energy (SWN), and GAP (GPS). The stocks yielded -6.8%, -5.8%, and -5.3%, respectively, on the day.

Alcoa (AA) reported a fall in its profits for the third quarter, owing to falling aluminum prices. A strong dollar added to the woes of Alcoa, as aluminum is dollar-denominated.

Ferrari filed its long-awaited IPO

Ferrari has filed its initial public offering for an anticipated value of $9.8 billion with a range of $48 to $52 a share. Its parent company, Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), would sell the shares. The underwriters of the deal are UBS (UBS), Bank of America (BAC), Allen and Co., Banco Santander (SAN), BNP Paribas, JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and MedioBanca.

In the next article, we’ll take a look at the UK stock market.

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