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  • SA contributors highlight stocks to watch for unusual movement, their bias (long/short), and brief comments.
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Idenix Pharmaceuticals (IDIX) - long - Chris DeMuth Jr.

  • A number of merger arb spreads have widened recently.
  • There are ten liquid spreads with a high probability of closing and returns >10%.
  • The widest is IDIX with a $0.47 spread yielding an annualized 34% return.

Cemex (NYSE:CX) - short - Kristian Kolding (no position or plans):

  • CX is reporting its Q2 earnings. Consensus EPS is $0.01. Out of 9 recommendations, CX is rated by 7 analysts as a "strong buy", a "buy" by 1, and a "hold" by 1.
  • Out of the last 4 quarters, CX has surprised negatively 3 times (by more than 50%), and only been in line with consensus 1 time (June 2013).
  • So far this year, the stock is up almost 20%. Although positive long-term outlook remains intact, due to a recovering economy, the share could fall significantly, should earnings disappoint yet again.

GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO) - long - Don Dion

  • The 25 day quiet period on GPRO will come to an end on July 20, allowing GPRO's underwriters to release (likely positive) research reports on the firm on July 21st.
  • This event could likely lead to a bump in the price of GPRO shares.
  • While concern exists if GPRO can maintain its current share prices long term, we don't believe the hype on this company will decline in the near-term.
  • Given GPRO's strong, influential underwriters, and excellent product, we suggest the quiet period expiration as another great time to buy into this company.
  • Further details here.

Adeptus Health (NYSE:ADPT) - long - Don Dion

  • The SEC-enforced 25 day quiet period on ADPT will come to an end on July 19th, allowing the firm's IPO underwriters to publish analyses on July 20th.
  • Evidence supports a rise in share price at the quiet period expiration, particularly for a firm with strong underwriters like ADPT.
  • We note a short-term buying opportunity at this event time.
  • Further details here.

Imprivata (NYSE:IMPR) - long - Don Dion

  • The 25 day quiet period on IMPR will conclude on July 19, allowing IPO underwriters to release reports on July 20th.
  • The detailed reports will likely be positive; and with such influential firms as J.P Morgan and Wells Fargo scheduled to initiate coverage, these could give IMPR stock a positive boost.
  • Given IMPR's solid market performance, and the recent supportive environment for tech IPOs, we see the quiet period expiration as a good time to buy into this growing company.
  • Further details here.

Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ:XNET) - long - Don Dion

  • July 18 marks the end of the SEC-enforced 25 day quiet period on underwriter research for XNET; July 19th is the first day underwriters can release reports.
  • These detailed research reports will likely be positive and cause a short-term price increase in XNET in the days preceding and following the quiet period expiration date.
  • Although XNET has not performed with consistent strength, its IPO was positive, suggesting investor confidence and excitement in Chinese tech firms.
  • XNET's reputable underwriters, including J.P. Morgan and Citigroup, will likely help boost the price of XNET shares at this time.
  • Further details here.

Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) - long - Pat Stout

  • Trading at levels last seen in 2008 and 2004.
  • Australia repealed carbon tax.
  • Trading below 20 day and 50 day moving averages.

Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) - long - Pat Stout

  • Recently downgraded by Goldman.
  • Attractive dividend yield 2.8% vs. US 10-year at 2.5%.
  • 52-week rate of change minus 7.5%, looking for a bounce.

SodaStream (NASDAQ:SODA) - long - Bill Maurer

  • Shares hit a new 52-week low Thursday thanks to the market's fall.
  • The lower shares go, the more likely management takes action, potentially a joint venture or sale.
  • Sizable short interest could spark a short squeeze if stock starts to rebound.

RealPage (NASDAQ:RP) - short - Bill Maurer

  • Company announced preliminary Q2 revenues that were well below estimates.
  • Adjusted EBITDA number also looks extremely weak.
  • Shares could hit new 52-week low.
Source: Stocks To Watch: Idenix, Cemex, GoPro...