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Why Are These Stocks Plunging on Monday?

After a bit of wobbling around the opening, equities seem to be heading north, as the upward momentum is still strong ahead of the earnings season. However, several stocks are getting hammered today, most notably Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG), Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) and Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE:FCX). In this article we’ll discuss the news that triggered this avalanche and how is smart money positioned towards each stock.

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Back to the losers now. Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE:FCX) stock is battered as investors are worried by the latest news coming out of Indonesia. The Indonesian government has announced plans to amend the rules regarding mining contract extension by the end of the year. Although the...


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