The ‘smart’ money is betting on these tech stocks, but it’s not the FAANG gang

As America soul-searches its way through a strange summer, the Dow managed to work its way back on top of a big level yesterday.

But it’s not clear if the blue-chip gauge can hang above 22K, as Wal-Mart’s results arrive and doubts grow about another rate hike this year. And, of course, investors continue to keep a wary eye on Washington and the Charlottesville fallout.

What about the FAANG gang? Those market darlings have had a spotty August, though they’re still up big for the year. Facebook












FB, -0.58%










 is up 0.4% in the month to date, and Apple












AAPL, -0.40%










 is a big winner with its 8% rise. Yet Amazon












AMZN, -0.46%










is off 1%, Netflix












NFLX, +0.88%










 down 6%, and Google parent Alphabet












GOOGL, +0.66%










 0.4% lower.

That brings us to our call of the day from TipRanks, which went shuffling through the latest quarterly filings to unearth three less-prominent tech stocks getting love from hedge funds, often called the smart money.

At the top of that list is Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba












BABA, +1.11%










, which joins Wal-Mart on the earnings docket ahead of the open. Since the last quarterly reporting period, hedge funds upped their BABA holdings by an aggregate of 6.35%,” notes a TipRanks blog post.
Among the BABA buffs are Daniel Loeb and David Tepper.

Twilio












TWLO, +0.19%










was another favorite in the latest quarter, with funds upping their holdings in the software maker by 20%. Some 38 funds established new positions and 64 added to their stocks. Among the bulls’ talking points: impressive new-customer growth.

Finally, hedge-fund managers have been snapping up NXP Semiconductors












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 , which Qualcomm












QCOM, -1.04%










 has been trying to buy out. Sorobon Capital started a brand-new $1.8 billion position, notes TipRanks, adding that activist investor Paul Singer has called it “significantly undervalued.”

Check out the full post here for more on these three.

Key market gauges

Bitcoin












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 is back on track for another record day, heading toward $4,500 this morning.

Dow












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 , S&P 500












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and Nasdaq-100 futures












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 are falling modestly. That’s as investors are pushing up gold












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 and the dollar












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 , while oil












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  wobbles. It was a mixed session for Asian stocks












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 , and European markets












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are having at tough day.

See the Market Snapshot column for the latest action.

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The chart

It’s been tough going for some commodities. Check out these charts (hat tip to today’s Daily Shot)

Wave goodbye to wheat:



Pop goes corn’s gain:



Cotton can’t catch a break:



The buzz

Alibaba












BABA, +1.11%










 is up nearly 5% in premarket after profit and revenue came in ahead of forecasts. It’s been a less cheery reception for Wal-Mart












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 after its results.

L Brands












LB, +1.28%










 looks set for a down day after cutting its full-year view.

Gap












GPS, +2.27%










 , Ross Stores












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 and Applied Material












AMAT, +1.32%










 are due to report after the close.

Cisco












CSCO, +0.78%










  is getting hit by a forecast for another drop in sales. Meanwhile, CFO Kelly Kramer told MarketWatch that a repatriation holiday could happen as soon as next year.

CEO Tim Cook says Apple












AAPL, -0.40%










 will donate $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League, and will match employee donations to human-rights organizations two-to-one through Sept. 30. There’s more where this came from:

Time Warner’s












TWX, +0.22%










 HBO cannot get a break. Fresh off the Spanish accidentally airing a Game of Thrones episode 6 days early, it seems Facebook and Twitter accounts were hacked.

The quote
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The original author of the email, Jerome Almon, is behind several government conspiracy websites. His email claims that terrorists are directing Black Lives Matter, according to The New York Times.

The economy

Weekly jobless claims and the Philly Fed survey are coming at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. That’s followed by industrial production at 9:15 a.m., then leading indicators at 10 a.m.

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