Why NuVasive, Avis Budget Group, and Insperity Jumped Today

The stock market was pretty quiet on Monday, with major stock indexes finishing the day mixed. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost ground, but broader benchmarks generally rose slightly as investors tried to weigh the risks of future surprises on the trade and economic fronts against the possibility of further growth for the U.S. economy. Some companies had good news that sent their share prices higher. NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA), Avis Budget Group (NASDAQ:CAR), and Insperity (NYSE:NSP) were among the top performers. Here’s why they did so well.

NuVasive could be a target

Shares of NuVasive rose 13% on speculation that the company might be a takeover target. Reports indicated that medical device giant Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN) might be having discussions with the surgical device specialist, with some putting the potential price tag of a deal at around $3 billion. Today’s gain put the total market capitalization for NuVasive at just under $2.9 billion, indicating that there might not be a lot more upside for investors hoping for a formal acquisition bid to materialize. Nevertheless, the company has been optimistic about its future, and it might be that Smith & Nephew is interested in sharing in NuVasive’s potential.

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Avis gets an upgrade

Avis Budget Group saw its stock climb 7% after the rental car giant got an upgrade from stock analysts at Goldman Sachs. Goldman upgraded its rating on Avis all the way from sell to buy, putting a price target of $35 per share on the stock. The analysts believe that Avis is doing a good job both with its primary rental car business and with reselling vehicles that it’s put through a full cycle of rentals. With the stock currently priced at far less than 10 times earnings, even tepid growth would be enough to make

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