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Why Under Armour, Cray, and Lions Gate Entertainment Jumped Today

The stock market gave back some ground on Friday, as major benchmarks were volatile throughout the session and ended lower by around 0.5% to 1%. News that trade negotiations between the U.S. and China might have stalled made investors especially nervous during the latter part of the day, even though favorable economic news kept the losses from getting too severe. Some companies even had positive things happen that lifted their shares. Under Armour (NYSE:UA) (NYSE:UAA), Cray (NASDAQ:CRAY), and Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE:LGF-A) (NYSE:LGF-B) were among the top performers. Here’s why they did so well.

Under Armour gets good reviews

Class C shares of Under Armour rose 7% after the athletic apparel specialist received favorable remarks from a Wall Street giant. JPMorgan upgraded Under Armour’s stock from neutral to overweight, boosting its price target by $6 per share to $29. Analysts focused on their confidence in company management, especially CEO Kevin Plank, to generate future growth and take advantage of global opportunities in the athletic footwear and apparel space. Not everyone’s convinced that Under Armour is back and better than ever, but the retailer is making good strides toward a recovery.

Image source: Under Armour.

Cray makes a deal

Cray saw its stock jump 22.5% following its receiving a buyout bid from an industry giant. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE) agreed to acquire the supercomputing giant in a deal that values Cray at $1.3 billion. Cray shareholders will receive $35 per share in cash for their stock. In explaining the deal, executives noted that the rise of cloud computing and data analytics has dramatically increased the amount of information that needs processing, and only the computing power that Cray’s products provide is sufficient to provide

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